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Breast Implant Options in Palm Beach Gardens

At Lickstein Plastic Surgery in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, we offer a full range of breast implant options for patients seeking a breast surgery, such as breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, or breast revision surgery. Dr. Lickstein is highly experienced in breast surgery and makes it a priority to stay up-to-date on the latest innovations, advances, and safety information in the breast implant industry. We value patient education and Dr. Lickstein will take time to consider your needs and goals and utilize his expertise to help you choose the breast implants that will deliver the results you want.

Types of Breast Implants

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants contain a saltwater formula in a smooth silicone shell. These implants are approved by the FDA for placement in women over 18 years old. When saline implants are used the implant shell is placed while empty and filled during the breast augmentation procedure. This method allows for a customized result with less visible scarring.

Silicone Breast Implants

Breast implants filled with silicone gel offer a variety of shapes. These implants are approved by the FDA for patients 22 years and older. Gel implants are pre-filled and their jelly-like formula that mimics the texture of natural breast tissue.

Cohesive Gel (Gummy Bear) Breast Implants

Cohesive gel, or “gummy bear” breast implants are silicone implants that have a more firm texture. Approved by the FDA for patients over 22, these breast implants have a tear-drop shape and are designed to hold a natural looking shape.

Textured Vs. Smooth Breast Implants

Many patients who are considering breast augmentation already have an idea of what size breast implants they are interested in. Another factor to consider is the surface texture of the breast implant. Silicone breast implants are available with either smooth or textured outer shells. Soft, smooth shelled breast implants can be very natural-looking and they are the most popular choice for breast augmentation patients. Textured breast implants have a rougher exterior that cannot be seen through the skin, but does help the implant stay in place. All teardrop shaped breast implants have a textured exterior to help them hold their shape and placement.

Choosing Your Breast Implants

Dr. Lickstein works closely with each patient to find the implant choice that will help them look and feel their best. There are several factors to consider when choosing your breast implants:

  • Current size The amount of natural breast tissue you have will determine parameters for the size and type of breast implant that will be able to be placed.
  • Aesthetic Preference Many patients prefer a very natural-looking result, while some desire a more dramatic result.
  • Lifestyle If you are very physically active, you may not want implants that are overly large and could interfere with certain activities.
  • Body Shape Dr. Lickstein will help you choose a breast implant size and shape that complements your natural body shape and provides a proportional contour.
  • Measurements Aside from overall body shape, certain measurements such as shoulder width and ribcage width can help determine your ideal breast implant size.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Implants

Do breast implants need to be replaced after a certain amount of time
There is no expiration date on breast implants. If you do not have any complications and you are pleased with your implants, and periodic imaging studies reveal they are intact, there is no need to replace them. Many women do choose to replace their breast implants approximately 10 to 15 years after their placement. Our bodies change as we age and many women choose to update their breast implants to suit their appearance, and some women choose to replace implants because they notice a slight deflation at some point within 25 years.
Will I be able to breastfeed with breast implants?
Yes, most women who are able to breastfeed before breast augmentation surgery are able to successfully breastfeed with breast implants. The breast implant is placed under the breast tissue and should not interfere with milk ducts.
Will I be able to get mammograms with breast implants?
Yes, women with breast implants should receive yearly mammograms after the age of 40 or at whatever ages and intervals recommended by your doctor. It is important that you inform your mammography technologist that you have implants before the start of your procedure. Extra imaging may be needed for full breast tissue visibility.
Can breast implants cause cancer?
There is no link between breast implants and breast cancer. There is a type of lymphoma called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) that is very rare and is highly treatable when detected early. BIA-ALCL has been associated almost exclusively with textured breast implants, and the FDA is still researching the connection between implants and BIA-ALCL. Dr. Lickstein prioritizes patient safety and education and will thoroughly discus
What if the breast implants I choose are too large or too small?
Dr. Lickstein focuses on achieving natural-looking results and he will take the time to discuss your goals and lifestyle and review options with you in order to choose the correct size and shape breast implants for you. You are more likely to be pleased with your breast augmentation results if you see an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon and you are clear about your aesthetic goals. If you have had previous breast surgery and you are unhappy with the results, Dr. Lickstein also specializes in breast revision surgery and can help you achieve the results you want.
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