Breast implants, which is also known as breast augmentation, can make a woman’s breasts larger and fuller. You may opt for a breast implant for cosmetic reasons—say if you feel that your breasts are too small for your body—or for reconstructive reasons such as after a mastectomy for breast cancer. Either way, there are two different types of breast implants in Miami to consider: saline and silicone.
Read on to discover the pros and cons of each one as well learn more about costs, the procedures used, recovery, and possible complications. We’ll also explain what you need to look for in a breast implants doctor in Miami and why The Plastic Surgery Institute should be your number one choice for having a breast implant done.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline-filled implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water, or saline. If for some reason a saline implant’s shell leak, the implant itself will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by your body.
Saline breast implants are best known for providing a uniform shape and firm feel. They also have the advantage that breast implant doctors in Miami can adjust the size of each implant individually which is great in cases where the initial breast size isn’t the same on each side or when trying to match an augmented breast to a natural one such as in the case of a mastectomy. Silicone breast implants do not offer surgeons this adjustment option. Saline breast implants are approved the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for women age 18 and older.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants have a shell made of several layers of silicone rubber and are filled with a silicone gel. The silicone gel is semi-solid and will not generally bleed through the shell. The main advantage of a silicone breast implant is that it feels more like a real breast than does a saline breast implant. In addition, unlike saline breast implants, which can be felt at the bottom or along the lower sides of your breast as an edge or small wrinkles, silicone breast implants cannot be felt along your breast.
Silicone breast implants were pulled of the market by the FDA in 1992 because the agency had safety concerns about the gel leaking out of the shell. But in 2006, after reviewing additional research and with the advent of improved gels, the FDA allowed silicone breast implants to be used once again. Now silicone breast implants are FDA-approved for women age 22 and older.
If you opt for a silicone breast implant, you will need to get an MRI scan three years after the implant surgery and then MRI scans about every two years to check for silent rupture. A silent rupture is one for which you have symptoms. If your implants rupture, you will need to have them removed or replaced.
Costs of Breast Implants in Miami
How much breast implants cost depends on the location, doctor, and type of implant used. Fortunately, you can find affordable breast implants in Miami. Saline breast implants generally cost half the price of silicone breast implants. Typically, breast implant surgery ranges from $5,000 to $10,000. Price may become a factor for you in deciding on a type of breast implant since breast augmentation is considered cosmetic surgery and most health insurance companies won’t cover cosmetic surgery. This is the case even if you are having reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. Be sure to check with your health insurance company about their specific policies.
How a Breast Implant Is Done
Depending on what your physician advises, your breast implant can be done as an outpatient procedure or it may require an overnight stay in a hospital. The procedure itself takes one to two hours. You will be given general anesthesia so that you won’t feel any pain; you may not even remember the surgery once you come out from under the anesthesia.
The surgeon will make a cut under your breasts, your arms, or around your nipples, depending on your body, the type of implant, and how large the implant is. The surgeon will then put the breast implant into a pocket above or below your chest muscle. After the implant is safely in place, the surgeon will stitch up the incisions.
When you awake from your surgery, you’ll find that your breasts are covered with gauze. You may also have drainage tubes, which will be removed by your physician in a few days.
You’ll need to take it easy and rest up for a few days after your breast implant surgery. Most physicians will also tell you not to do any heavy lifting for up to six weeks after your surgery even if you are feeling up to par.
Pain should be minimal; simple over the counter pain relievers such as Tylenol can help relieve any minor discomfort. You will also have swelling in the area where the surgery was done as well as pink scarring once the stitches are removed. The swelling will diminish and the scars fade over the course of time.
Picking a Breast Implant Specialist in Miami
Although it is a cosmetic procedure, breast implant surgery can have risks, such as scar tissue forming and hardening in the area around the implant, bleeding or infection. But you can minimize your risk of getting these complications by choosing a surgeon who specializes in breast implants and who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Board certified surgeons go through lengthy and specific training, examinations and requirements for recertification to make breast implant surgery safe.
At The Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami, we pride ourselves on our dedication to your health, safety and quality results. Unlike many private practices with only a single surgeon trying to perform all procedures, we have doctors with specific expertise tailored to getting you the best possible results. All of our doctors are board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, assuring that they have received the best possible training and passed the rigorous certification process.
Additionally, all our breast implant specialists in Miami have performed thousands implant procedures using both saline and silicone implants. And, our brand new, state-of-the-art facility is certified by the highly respected American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF).
So what are you waiting for? Call us now at 305-446-7700 to set up your appointment!