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Put a Spring in Your Step With Breast Augmentation

Posted on March 17, 2014

Plastic-Surgery-Composite-150x150Spring, which is just a few days away, is a time of renewal. Your appearance is no exception. Why not reinvent your look with the breast enhancement procedure you have been longing for?

At Aqua Plastic Surgery in Palm Beach County, Dr. David Rankin performs breast augmentation surgery with saline or silicone implantsto help patients like you get the renewed look they desire. Dr. Ranking offers a range of breast implant options to fit your unique needs, so you can look like yourself — only better. Here is some information about the types of breast implants available, so you can choose the one that is right for you.

Saline Implants

Saline implants have a thin silicone outer shell and are filled with a saline solution, or sterile saltwater. Some women prefer saline implants because they are filled after they are inserted, so they require a slightly smaller incision than their silicone counterparts. Also, the body can naturally absorb the saline filling material in case the implant ruptures, providing an additional level of safety for the patient. However, the main drawbacks of saline implants are that they are more likely to ripple or fold within the implant pocket, and the edges may be visible underneath the skin’s surface, particularly in women with thin skin and / or little body fat.

Traditional Silicone Implants

Traditional silicone implants have both a silicone outer shell and a silicone gel filling material. They more closely resemble the look and feel of natural breasts than saline implants. However, they are pre-filled by the manufacturer before they ever reach Dr. Rankin’s office, so he must use a slightly larger incision to insert them than he would with saline implants. In addition, in case of implant rupture, the filling material stays intact within the implant pocket, so the patient may not be aware that the implant has ruptured, resulting in what is known as “silent rupture.” To avoid an implant rupture going unnoticed for too long, the FDA recommends that women with silicone implants undergo a breast imaging exam, such as a mammogram or MRI, every two to three years, starting three years after the initial breast augmentation procedure.

“Gummy Bear” Implants

In 2013, the FDA approved the use of highly cohesive silicone gel implants in breast augmentation surgery. They had been in use throughout Europe and other countries for many years before the FDA approved them for use in the United States. This new generation of silicone breast implants is often referred to as “gummy bear” implants due to the gummy-like consistency of the form-stable silicone gel filling material. Gummy bear implants offer all the benefits (and drawbacks) of traditional silicone gel implants. In addition, however, they are less likely to shift or fold within the implant pocket, even when the patient is lying down.

With so many options to choose from, there is no reason to put off having the breast augmentation procedure that you have long desired. So, this spring, spring into action and attain the breasts of your dreams!

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rankin to learn more about breast enhancement surgery, contact Aqua Plastic Surgery by calling (561) 776-2830 or (954) 564-3832


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