Here at Image Center in Huntington Beach, CA, we strive to help you look and feel your best by using the latest in modern medicine and medical treatments. When it comes to breast implants, we specialize in providing you with options so that you can find what works best for you. If you’ve ever been curious about breast implants, or want to know more about what they are and how they work, we’re here to help shed some light on the topic of professional breast augmentation.
Understanding Breast Implants
No matter what the reason for breast implants may be, it’s important to understand the different options available before you decide whether or not implants are the right choice for you. We can help you decide what type and size of implant are best suited to meet your specific needs with professional guidance every step of the way.
From saline to silicone, we’re your certified experts when it comes to getting you breast implants that can help you not only look your very best but also feel comfortable and confident within your skin. While both silicone and saline implants are considered safe, there are some key differences that you should be aware of.
Since the 1960s, saline implants have been a staple when it comes to breast augmentation. Having an outer shell made of silicone that is inserted empty and flat, it is then filled with sterile salt water that leaves a less noticeable incision site when compared to other augmentations. Typically less expensive than silicone implants, saline breast implants are a popular choice and many women have achieved their desired results.
The largest con when it comes to saline implants is the feeling of water sloshing and rippling effect if not filled correctly. While these cons can be corrected and avoided and are not always prevalent, it is something you want to keep in mind when considering which implant is right for you.
As a newer variation of breast implants, silicone breast implants are constructed fully of silicone materials. With an outer silicone shell that is filled with a silicone gel. This gives the implants a similar feel to natural human fat that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes so that you can choose how large or small of implants you want. Many consider silicone implants to feel and look more natural, making them an increasingly popular choice when it comes to breast implants.
However, silicone implants do pose more of a risk in the case of a rupture. It’s recommended that those who receive silicone implants get an MRI scan to check for possible ruptures every few years. We can help you decide how often and what type of appointment you should schedule to ensure that your silicone implants remain safe and intact as they should be.
The Right Shape & Size
Both saline and silicone breast implants can be customized to fit your desired shape and size. Saline implants, however, can be adjusted more easily down the road if you decide to either increase or decrease your size. Leaving us the ability to add or subtract the saline solution that is currently within your implants to adjust to your new desired size with minimal complication.
With silicone implants, the sizing cannot be adjusted after your initial procedure. To alter the size or shape of a silicone implant, a new implant will have to be inserted. While more natural looking and feeling, silicone implants aren’t as convenient to alter after they are first inserted.
The Breast Implant Process
Taking that first step toward breast implants can feel overwhelming, but with our guidance and support, we’ll help you feel comfortable and confident every step of the way. From your initial consultation to recovery and follow-ups, we’re here to help ensure that you get the implants that work best for you.
After deciding that breast implants sound right for you, you’ll schedule your initial consultation with us to start your journey. At this consultation, we’ll answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding breast implants as well as review things such as previous procedures and medical history.
During your procedure, you’ll be given general anesthesia or intravenous sedation (IV) before the incision is made. Based on the previously discussed approach, we then make the incision in an inconspicuous area such as under the breast, from the armpit, or pectoral areas depending on the size of the implant as well as your specific anatomy. This area will be discussed before your procedure so that you are aware of the incision site and placement before implants are inserted.
Full recovery can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks after your procedure. During this time it’s important to take proper care by avoiding things such as excessive exercise, lifting heavy objects, or overworking yourself. Soreness and swelling are common side effects post-procedure, and you may be prescribed pain medications to help with the soreness.
Reasons You Might Consider Professional Breast Augmentation
There are a variety of reasons someone may consider breast implants, here are some of the most common reasons for people to consider getting breast implants.
- To enhance the size
- It helps correct a loss in breast volume after pregnancy
- It can help balance breast size when there is a significant difference between the two breasts
- Restores breast shape after partial or total loss of breast for a variety of conditions
- To replace existing breast implants for reconstructive purposes
Breast Implants Keep You Comfortable in Your Skin
We believe that everyone should feel comfortable in their skin. No matter the reason, at Image Center we’re here to help you achieve your goals when it comes to things such as breast implants so that you can feel and look better than ever before. Contact us online or call us today to set up your consultation and take your first steps toward getting the breasts you’ve always wanted.