Breast implants are used in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to increase volume and improve symmetry. They are breast-shaped sacs that are either filled with silicone or saline.
Before November 2006, patients seeking breast augmentation could only use saline type. The use of silicone implants was only approved as part of a clinical study when patients underwent an augmentation and a lift simultaneously.
At the time, Dr. Egozi was one of the study investigators contributing to the clinical study. His participation allowed him to use silicone implants, making him one of the only plastic surgeons in the Tampa and Palm Harbor, Florida area to use silicone implants before 2006.
In November 2006, the FDA once again granted the use of silicone implants for cosmetic surgery to patients aged 22 and up. Silicone are now Dr. Egozi’s preferred choice.
Saline and silicone implants are made out of the same silicone shell, providing the same shape. The difference is that saline is full of with salt water (saline) instead of silicone.
Saline allows surgeons to alter the size to the shape that best suits the patient. The use of saline also allows surgeons to overfill them slightly, which eliminates wrinkling. Additionally, it is easier to detect ruptures and leaks in saline breast implants.
The problem with saline is that they do not feel as natural as silicone do. Wrinkling and rippling are also more frequent in saline than silicone, which is why Dr. Egozi prefers to recommend silicone to his patients.
However, a certain stigma surrounds silicone breast implants. In the 1990’s, safety concerns surfaced and the FDA unapproved the use of silicone implants. Trepidations arose after some speculated that silicone might cause autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma. Silicone implants were entered into a clinical trial to investigate these safety concerns.
During this time, silicone implants were only eligible for use in breast reconstruction procedures. However, after 14 years, the data determined that there was no definitive link between autoimmune diseases and silicone. Subsequently, the FDA re-approved silicone implant use.
Silicone implants differ from what they were in the 1990’s. In the past, they resembled a liquid gel that tended to leak. Now, they are a solid, cohesive gel, similar to a Gummy Bear rather than Jell-O.
To learn more about breast implants or to schedule a consultation appointment, contact Dr. Egozi.
Breast Augmentation is done to help enhance a woman’s breast volume and shape. In some women, breast volume diminishes following pregnancy and/or breast feeding. Others, are self conscious about their breast size and wish to have them enlarged. Another group of women are born with significant breast asymmetry and seek breast augmentation to correct the asymmetry. Finally, some women have loss of volume as well as breast sagging (ptosis) and may need a combination of both breast augmentation and mastopexy (breast lift).
Your Breast Augmentation Recovery
I pride myself on attention to detail in all facets of cosmetic surgery. It is this attention to detail and special nuances that I have developed and adopted that minimize down time and bruising and discomfort for my patient. Because of this most of my patients are able to return to their normal daily activities and work in an average of 3-5 days. Frequently, I am informed by breast surgery patients that they required NO pain pills postoperatively. Every individual presents special challenges but my usual Tampa area breast surgery patient returns to work in 3-5 days and has minimal discomfort.
Your SPECIALIZED & COMPREHENSIVE Breast Evaluation
When you arrive at the Egozi Plastic Surgical Center I will personally meet with you and individualize your care to suit your needs. Some women desire natural bust lines and others desire a fuller and bustier rounded appearance. Still others fall somewhere in between. I will discuss this as well as the options of silicone or saline implants, my recommendations for placement of the incision, and placement of the implant with regards to the pectoralis muscle.
When I evaluate a patient for breast augmentation I also consider whether they may need a mastopexy at the same or a later time. I do this so that I may best tailor each woman’s augmentation procedure to her desire, body size, and shape. Your breast augmentation will help you attain that fuller bust you desire but in some women a breast lift would help enhance that bust line.
As you become more educated throughout this site make sure to visit the photo gallery section to see before and after photos of numerous breast augmentation patients in the Tampa, Florida area. There you will see that not all of my patients look the same when it comes to breast augmentation. Every patient has had her breast surgery tailored with her desires and best interest in mind. Contact my office for your evaluation for breast enhancement (727) 461-5872.