Breast Implants Explained
Learn all about breast (boob) implants – the types of breast implant, cost of implants, silicone breast implant vs saline breast implant, before and after breast implant here in this article.
Types of Breast Implant:
In the market today, there are two types of materials used to fill the breast implant shells – silicone and saline. Each implant type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Your breast implant plastic surgeon can explain to you and advise you which type of breast implant material is more suitable for you which is based on your individual goals and desired outcome.
Silicone Breast Implant
One of the advantages of silicone breast implants is that it tends to give a more natural look and feel results like natural breasts as compared to saline breast implants. This is because silicone gel is more similar in consistency to our actual breast tissue. It is less common to have the rippling effect that could occur with saline implants.
These advantages make it a popular choice among thinner women or those who want reconstructive breast surgery.
One of the disadvantages of silicone gel breast implants as compared to saline implants is that a rupture will most likely go undetected. In the event that a silicone implant ruptures, the silicone gel can escape the implant but stay within the pocket of tissue keeping the implant in place, thus making it difficult to detect a rupture. Another disadvantage of silicone breast implant is that it came pre-filled so requiring a larger incisions for the insertion.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline is a sterile solution of salt and water. In the event of a saline implant ruptures, it is immediately evident as the saline solution escapes the plastic lining quickly and the implant will collapse. And our body can take in the saline solution without any harmful effects thus making the biggest advantage of saline implants vs silicone is their safety.
While some people believe that silicone breast implants are softer and feel more natural, the latest saline implants are soft and very durable.
A main disadvantage of saline implant is the rippling effect that could occur with saline implants as they reveal ripples in their lining more easily as compared to silicone implants, thus making it less popular with reconstructive surgery patients, less sought after by thinner women who do not have a lot of breast tissue to be placed over the implants and women who have subglandular placement of the breast implants.
Nevertheless, both silicone and saline breast implants offer their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. The ultimate decision as to which type of breast implants is preferable depends entirely on the your own needs and goals.
Cost of Breast Implants
The cost of saline implants is much lower than silicone, which may sway some patients who are concerned with breast augmentation cost.
The breast augmentation cost are associated with these components:
- Surgeon’s fees
- Anesthesiologist’s fees
- Cost of breast implants
- Hospital or facility fees
- Cost of prescription and pain medication
- Necessary medical tests
- Post-surgical garments and other expenses
Overall, there is no one fixed price for breast implant surgery as it will vary from one patient to another and are determined by various factors. There are three major costs associated with breast augmentation that, if reduced greatly should raise some red flags:
Most board-certified plastic surgeons are unable to reduce their fees drastically because of the need to continue investing in the latest technology, meeting their continual education requirements as well as the high costs of maintaining their practices.
Extremely low surgeon’s fees might indicate that a surgeon is not board certified or that he or she is trying hard to fill an empty operating room schedule.
Just like in the case of surgeon’s fees, extremely low anesthesiologist’s fees could indicate that you might be dealing with an undertrained and/or one who has not board certified. It could also indicate that the quality of the anesthesia being used is substandard. You would not want to be put into any unnecessary risk in either event.
You will want to be sure that your breast augmentation procedure is done in a facility that met stringent standards of safety, sterilization, and competence of staff. Meeting these standards could be expensive, which means the cost of a certified facility is generally going to be higher than that of a non-certified facility.
You will want to be wary of plastic surgeons who are charging too little for breast augmentation. At the same time you would not want to engage surgeons who charge exceptionally higher than their competitors for the procedure. Some surgeons charge a super high price with the desire to reflect and enhance their reputations as the “elite” practitioners. Sometimes, these surgeons do produce excellent results, but you should not assume that they are better skilled or experienced than surgeons whose prices fall within the mid-range.
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