Types of Breast Implants

The decision to get breast implants is monumental, and is one that will provide you with added confidence and a boost of self-esteem. As you look into your options, you’ll realize that another big decision lies ahead: saline or silicone? These breast implants are the only two available in the U.S., and they each have their advantages. Your surgeon is your best resource for deciding which one is best for you, and if you’ve decided to pursue breast augmentation in NYC, you’ve come to the right place. New York’s surgical facilities and talent pool ensure the excellence in procedure and results, and Dr. Loeb is among the very best. 

Two types of breast implants

There are two types of breast implants available: saline and silicone. Both are enclosed in a silicone shell, but saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater, while silicone implants are filled with as plastic gel. By law, patients must be 18 years old to receive saline breast implants, and at least 22 for silicone implants.

Pros and cons of saline and silicone

Saline implants are less expensive and considered the safer implant choice, as rupture is much easier to detect. They also require smaller incisions, since they can be inserted before filling, and therefore produce a less conspicuous scar. However, saline implants are harder than breast tissue, so they may not feel as natural as their silicone counterpart. Additionally, saline implants are more prone to rippling. 

Many women tend to prefer the feel of silicone, which better replicates the softness and bounce of natural breasts. However, silicone breast implants cost about $1,000 more than saline, and they also require a longer incision and resulting scar. Additionally, silicone implants have higher health risks if they leak. In fact, the FDA halted the sale of silicone breast implants from 1992 through 2006, when the agency approved two companies (Allergan and Mentor) to produce silicone implants. Since then, the FDA has also cleared manufacturer Sientra for silicone implants. 

Breast augmentation in NYC

If you are planning to get plastic surgery in Manhattan, you’ll have access to some of the top facilities and surgeons in the world. Dr. Loeb has been in solo practice since 1986, and received certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgeons in 1988. With the eye of an artist and the skill of a surgeon, Dr. Loeb delivers beautiful and natural-looking results for breast augmentation in NYC.

During your initial consultation, you’ll discuss the merits of saline and silicone implants and will benefit from his expert opinion on which is most suited for you. Call 212.327.3700 today to schedule a consultation with a leading New York cosmetic surgeon.

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