Breast augmentation surgery enhances the size of a woman's breasts using breast implants. At his state-of-the-art Fairfield County facility, Dr. David Passaretti provides both saline and silicone breast implants from Mentor®. Both kinds offer unique benefits and aesthetic results. Dr. Passaretti can provide beautiful enhancements using both types of implants and will help patients determine which implant is the best choice. Contact our office today for more information on breast augmentation.
The two basic types of implants are silicone and saline.
Saline breast implants consist of saline solution (salt water) contained within a silicone collapsible shell. Saline breast implants can be filled after insertion, so the empty shell can be inserted through small incisions in the:
After they are placed within the breast, Dr. Passaretti will fill these implants using a tube.
Silicone breast implants consist of silicone gel contained within a silicone shell. Silicone implants are designed to replicate the feel of natural breast tissue. They require larger incisions than saline implants and offer fewer insertion options because they must be filed prior to placement. The appropriate size is determined during preliminary consultations.
Dr. Passaretti will help you determine which type of implant, saline or silicone, is ultimately the best for your aesthetic goals, lifestyle, and budget. If you are planning to have children or breastfeed after your augmentation, he can help you decide which option is best suited to your needs.
In addition to silicone and saline breast implants, a new type of breast implant, known as gummy bear implants, has emerged. Dr. Passaretti does not use these implants because they feel more solid than traditional silicone and saline implants, and cannot provide the natural appearance that silicone and saline implants can
Choosing the right type of breast implants is important. Both saline and silicone breast implants are offered at our Fairfield County, Connecticut office and we can help you select the one best suited for your goals.
Just like saline and silicone implants are preferred for their different benefits, the shape of your implant is an important consideration. Before your breast augmentation procedure, Dr. Passaretti will provide a complete consultation and help you choose the breast implant shape that will best suit your body type and aesthetic goals.
Originally, round breast implants were the only available shape. Although teardrop-shaped implants have enjoyed a rise in popularity, round implants still remain the most common choice. These implants are symmetrical and have an even diameter. Round implants come in varying sizes, or projections. Women with a naturally small build or those who are looking for more subtle enhancement may choose a lower profile, while women who desire a dramatic boost and more noticeable cleavage may prefer a higher projection.
Teardrop-shaped implants are fuller at the bottom than they are at the top. Also known as anatomically shaped implants, this shape strives to mimic the appearance of a natural breast. Some women feel that these implants offer more natural-looking results. However, round implants have a natural flexibility, which means that they naturally assume a kind of teardrop shape when a woman is standing or sitting upright. Therefore, both shapes can have a highly lifelike appearance.
Dr. Passaretti prefers to use round saline and silicone implants for a number of reasons. First, round implants can increase volume at the top of your breast, as well as the bottom. This means that you could enjoy more dramatic results, while still retaining a proportionate, natural figure. Second, if a round implant rotates, your breast will still retain its natural shape. If a teardrop-shaped implant rotates, it will give your breast a distorted appearance, which will require revision surgery. To prevent rotation, teardrop-shaped implants are textured, so they do not feel as natural as their round counterparts. Lastly, many women feel that teardrop-shaped implants do not move as naturally as round implants when they lay down.
After surgery, patients will usually feel sore for two to three days and should begin to feel normal after about one week. During this initial recovery period, patients wear a compression bra. After one week, Dr. Passaretti will see patients to remove their sutures and make sure the surgical site is healing properly. At this time, patients can begin light physical activity and may return to work. After two weeks, patients can usually resume normal physical activity and exercise.
The full results of breast implant surgery usually become apparent after two months, although many patients begin to see satisfying results within three to four weeks.
Dr. Passaretti has worked with many patients who have required implant revision surgery. This treatment can address:
It is expected that at some point in a breast augmentation patient's life, breast implants will require revision.
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When saline implants rupture, it will become almost immediately obvious to the patient because the breast will begin to deflate as saline is absorbed by the body. But because silicone implants contain a viscous gel, ruptures are not as evident, and the revision process can be more difficult.
All women should undergo regular breast examinations; if you have implants, these examinations can help to detect rupture.
For more information on saline and silicone implants, contact Dr. Passaretti today to schedule a personalized consultation.