Breast Implants

Types of Breast Implants

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.

Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

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.

Who Would Benefit from Breast Implants?

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).

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Breast Augmentation?

Dr. Egozi pride’s himself on attention to detail in all facets of cosmetic surgery. It is this attention to detail and special nuances that he’s developed and adopted that minimize downtime and bruising and discomfort for his patients. Because of this most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities and work for an average of 3-5 days. Frequently, we hear from our breast surgery patients that they required NO pain pills postoperatively. Every individual presents special challenges but the usual 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, Dr. Egozi will meet with you personally and individualize your care to suit your needs. Some women desire natural bust lines and others desire a fuller and bustier rounded appearance. Others fall somewhere in between. Dr. Egozi will discuss this, as well as the options of silicone or saline implants, recommendations for placement of the incision, and placement of the implant with regards to the pectoralis muscle.

When a patientis evaluated for breast augmentation, Dr, Egozi will also consider whether they may need a mastopexy at the same or a later time. This is done so that he 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.

Contact the office today for your evaluation for breast enhancement (727) 461-5872.

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