When you are planning for breast implants/breast augmentation, Wichita plastic surgeon James M. Shaw, MD with Shaw Plastic Surgery has extensive knowledge and experience to help you achieve your desired look. For most patients, the goal is to enhance breast volume in a way that is proportional to the patient’s body shape and dimensions.
Dr. Shaw is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has the expertise to help you choose which type of breast implant will help achieve your desired results. At your consultation, you will have the opportunity to review various types, shapes, and sizes of breast implants that are available. It is very helpful to “try on” several different breast implants in a bra during your visit in order to see how they will look on you.
Silicone Or Saline?
Silicone breast implants are the most popular choice for breast augmentation patients at Shaw Plastic Surgery because they feel softer than saline implants and have a more natural feel. The silicone breast implants that Dr. Shaw uses are not filled with silicone in a liquid form. They contain what is referred to as “cohesive gel.” The advantage of cohesive gel breast implants is that even if the outer shell of the implant were damaged, the material inside cannot move around under the skin or migrate to other areas.
Some patients do prefer to use saline breast implants. These devices have the same outer surface as the silicone implants and are filled with saline solution. This is the same fluid found in IV fluid. The saline breast implants cost less than the silicone implants. Saline implants can be more easily felt under the skin and they may be more likely to show visible wrinkling.
Dr. Shaw can also answer questions you may have regarding the other breast implant choices. These include smooth implants that are shaped or round. In addition, the implants are available in a wide range of sizes and projection profiles. While the options may seem overwhelming, Dr. Shaw has experience with all of these breast implant types and can help you to select the implant that is right for you.
For those interested in seeing what their breast implants could potentially look like, they can download the Natrelle® 3D mobile application from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. This app allows patients to “preview” how different sizes of breast implants may possibly appear following surgery. Using 3D imaging, individuals can create digital renderings of themselves on their phones in order to get a sneak peek at how breast augmentation outcomes may look.