- Saline implants are comprised of a silicone shell filled with a saltwater solution. They are FDA approved for women 18 years or older. Since they are inserted empty, saline breast implants may be custom-filled during your procedure to ensure the best quality results. Smaller incisions may be used to insert saline implants.
- Silicone implants are created from a silicone shell filled with a cohesive gel. They are FDA approved for women 22 years or older. The cohesive gel better simulates the look and feel of natural breast tissue. A variety of shaped and round options are available.
- Inframammary incisions are placed along the lower breast crease in the inframammary fold
- Periareolar incisions run along the outer edge of the areola
- Transaxillary incisions are located in the armpit
- Subglandular placement positions the implants under the glandular tissue but over the pectoral muscle. This placement may have less pain and doesn’t cause implant distortion with muscle contraction. However, in women with thinner breast tissue, the edges and rippling of the implants may be visible.
- Submuscular placement positions the implants under both the glandular tissue and the pectoral muscle. This can create a more natural breast slope and mask the edge of your implants. Implant distortion may occur during muscle contraction, which may not be ideal for female bodybuilders or women who engage in a lot of weight lifting and pectoral muscle exercises. The implants are also in a different plane that may make mammography easier to interpret.
Women who have both poor breast volume and sagging should consider combining a breast lift with their breast augmentation. If breast sagging is left untreated during breast augmentation, you may not achieve the most pleasing aesthetic result. A breast lift is designed to tighten sagging breast tissue but may also provide additional support to help keep your implants in their ideal position. Dr. Lickstein will advise you during your consultation on whether you would benefit from a combination breast augmentation and lift procedure.