The FDA has recently asked Allergan to recall textured breast implants since they feel that there may be a link between these types of implants and a very rare form of cancer called BIA-ALCL, a type of lymphoma that may develop in the scar tissue around the implant. Over 12 million women around the world have Allergan textured implants, and we here at AesthetiCare have used these implants almost exclusively during the past 25 years and thus have a tremendous amount of experience with this product. While warnings of this nature should be taken very seriously, it is essential to know that the risk of developing BIA-ALCL is very low. Please visit us for a free consultation to discuss your options with our experienced Allergan breast implant surgeons to learn more about this issue. We welcome all new and existing patients to come in for a complimentary consultation about your options and resources. Please note that Allergan is offering no charge smooth saline and silicone replacement implants for those patients wishing to exchange their textured Allergan breast implants for smooth implants.
Breast Implant Options
Because each breast augmentation procedure is meticulously customized to the patient’s anatomy and cosmetic goals, many decisions must be made before surgery. Breast implants come in various sizes, shapes, compositions, and projections. All of these qualities will be discussed with you at your initial consultation appointment at AesthetiCare so that a personalized surgical plan can be devised specifically to your needs.
Breast Implant Considerations
Breast Implant Customization Options
- Saline implants are composed of silicone shells filled with a sterile saline solution. Because the flexible casing is filled after insertion, these implants can be placed through smaller incisions in various locations. Patients with substantial existing breast tissue may be better candidates than those with smaller natural breasts because these implants are more likely to show visible rippling. However, placing them beneath the breast muscle can help conceal these imperfections. Should they rupture, saline implants deflate quickly, and the solution is safely absorbed by the body.
- Silicone implants are composed of silicone shells filled with form-stable, cohesive silicone gel and come in many different shapes and sizes. While these implants cannot be placed through as many incision locations, they provide a more natural look and feel than saline implants.
- Round implants provide upper pole fullness and produce a more noticeable augmentation. They can also rotate in the breast pocket without causing any cosmetic defects.
- Anatomical implants are designed to provide the most natural-looking breast slope and overall aesthetic. However, should they rotate in the breast pocket, they can create a distorted appearance.
- Smooth – Implants with a smooth shell can move freely within the breast pocket, which is known to produce a more natural feel. They are less likely to show noticeable rippling than textured implants but have a higher rate of capsular contracture.
- Textured – Implants with a textured shell adhere to the scar tissue capsule and are meant to stay fixed within the breast pocket. Anatomical implants are textured to prevent rotation.
Choosing Your Implant
During a thorough and private consultation at AesthetiCare, one of our aesthetic surgeons will devise a breast augmentation plan that incorporates your concerns, cosmetic desires, and anatomical needs. After a full evaluation of your breasts, the most appropriate implant material, shape, texture, and size will be determined. At AesthetiCare, we take the time to consider all of the necessary factors before your surgery so that you achieve the best and most attractive results.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best way to determine what kind of breast implants will give you the bustline you desire is by speaking to an experienced cosmetic breast surgeon. Our aesthetic surgeons are highly experienced with breast augmentation and can help you find the implants that are suited for your needs.
The age at which a woman can undergo breast augmentation depends on the type of implant she desires. Saline implants are FDA approved for patients age 18 and older, while silicone implants are FDA approved for patients age 22 and older.
Patients can choose between subglandular or submuscular implant placement. Subglandular placement involves positioning the implants beneath the natural breast tissue but above the breast muscle. Submuscular placement involves inserting the implants beneath both the breast tissue and breast muscle.