When preparing for a breast augmentation it is important to consider the various options for implants in order to determine which implant is right for you. Breast implants differ in shape, profile, texture, and volume, as well as the material the implant is made from. Silicone implants are made up of a silicone rubber shell filled with silicone gel, while saline implants are made up of a silicone rubber shell filled with sterile salt water. Both options are FDA approved, and considered safe for use.
The risks involved in a breast augmentation are similar for both saline and silicone implants, including changes in nipple and breast sensation, infection, pain, scar tissue which distorts the shape of the implant, and implant leakage or rupture. In the case of rupture, you might not notice right away, or at all with a silicone implant. This is due to the fact that free silicone tends to remain trapped in the tissue capsule surrounding the implant. The ruptured implant may eventually cause pain or a change in shape, therefore making removal necessary. When a saline implant ruptures, it is generally considered less problematic; the leaking solution will be absorbed by your body. The implant immediately deflates causing a noticeable change in size and shape, and thus the shell will still need to be removed as well. Silicone breast implants have the advantage of looking and feeling more natural, and can often be indistinguishable from breasts without implants; they also have a lower rate of wrinkling/rippling.
The IDEAL IMPLANT is a new type of breast implant that offers the safety of saline, with the natural look and feel of silicone. This implant was designed by a plastic surgeon to reduce folding, wrinkling, deflation, and provides a lower rupture rate. Dr. Kim likes to stay up to date with the latest technology in Plastic Surgery, and will be offering the IDEAL IMPLANT to future patients. If you are interested in learning more visit the website, or come visit Dr. Kim at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to see a sample.
When choosing between saline, silicone, and the IDEAL IMPLANT it comes down to personal preference of the patient, and preference of the surgeon. Dr. Kim provides his patients with all necessary information including possible risks and benefits, as well as provides samples of each implant type.