Breast Implants – What to Know

Breast Implants for Patients in Clearwater, Tampa, Palm Harbor, and Elsewhere in Florida – What to Know Before You See Your Surgeon

If you’ve decided to use breast implants for your breast augmentation, it’s important to understand the many options available to you. While your surgeon will be able to offer you sound professional advice as to what type of implants and which placement method may be best for you, educating yourself beforehand can help you better communicate with your doctor.

The first thing you will most likely consider is the type of breast implants that your surgeon will use for your surgery. There are three types of implants, including silicone shell implants filled with a saline solution, and silicone shells filled with a silicone gel. The third kind are commonly referred to as gummy bear implants, as they are filled with a cohesive gel that is similar in texture to the inside of a gummy bear candy. Many doctors believe that gummy bear implants look and feel the most natural. A popular and commonly used brand of these gel implants are Mentor ® breast implants.

Once you’ve decided on the type and size breast implants you want, your doctor will suggest the best placement method for your breast implant surgery. He or she can place the implant beneath your pectoral muscle or on top of the muscle. Another option is called a dual-plane breast augmentation, and involves placing the implant so that it lies partially above the muscle and partially below the muscle, which may provide better lift for the breast and a more natural appearance.

Taking into account your unique body type, breast anatomy, and your desired appearance, an experienced breast augmentation surgeon will be able to recommend the best type, size, and placement for your breast implants.

If you live in Clearwater, Tampa, Trinity, Lutz, Wesley Chapel, or any nearby community and would like to learn more about breast implants, contact the Bayside Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Mastecomy patients interested in breast reconstruction with implants can also contact us to schedule a consultation with our esteemed breast reconstruction surgeon, Dr. John Roach.

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