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Types of
Breast
Implants

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Types of Breast Implants

Choosing the right breast implants to achieve the look you desire is one of the most important decisions of your breast augmentation experience. Dr. Broadway and Dr. Cisco wants to provide you with all of the information necessary to make a well-informed decision about your breast implants.

Saline vs.
Silicone

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. The saline from an ordinary IV fluid bag is placed into the implant under sterile conditions. These implants are available to women 18 years and older seeking breast augmentation.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are pre-filled with a highly silicone gel which is a solid, but remains soft. These implants are suggested for women 22 years and older seeking breast augmentation. Silicone implants are available in round and anatomical shapes with many different profiles.

Early generations of implants had smooth outer shells. Textured breast implants were developed to reduce the chance of capsular contracture. You can still choose either smooth or textured (saline or silicone) breast implants.

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Saline vs. Gel
Implants

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Smooth vs.
Textured

Early generations of implants had smooth outer shells. Textured breast implants were developed to reduce the chance of capsular contracture. You can still choose either smooth or textured (saline or silicone) breast implants.

Textured Implants Decrease Risk of Capsular Contractures

Textured implants reduce the risk of capsular contracture because the irregular surface of the implant discourages the formation of a thickened lining around the implant. This is especially noted if the patient chooses to place her implant below the breast gland rather than beneath the chest muscle.

Capsular contracture is one of the most common adverse side effects of breast implants. During breast augmentation surgery, a pocket that is slightly larger than the breast implant is created. A fibrous membrane called a “capsule” forms around the implant. This pocket occasionally shrinks and squeezes the implant, resulting in various degrees of firmness.

You may have heard a woman say, “My implants got hard,” when actually, the implant itself does not become hard. If they were removed from the constricting breast capsule, they would feel quite soft.

Capsular contracture can occur in one or both breasts soon after surgery or many years after. This is not a health risk, but it can detract from the quality of your result and cause discomfort, pain or distortion of your breast contour.

Side Note: Less than .05% of Dr. Broadway’s patients experience capsular contracture.

All Textured Implants Are Not Created Equal

The texturing on the surface of the implant will help the implant maintain its position within the implant pocket. The texturing on the surface of the implant also helps prevent the implant from rotating keeping the anatomically shaped implant oriented properly.

Talk with your doctor to explore the best textured option for you.

Smooth Implants May Feel More Natural

This is a common breast implant myth. Textured implants do have a slightly (a few ten-thousandths of an inch) thicker outer shell. Thin patients may be able to feel some portion of the breast implant shell, but this would likely be the case with either a smooth or a textured breast implant.

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Shaped vs. Round
Implants

Anatomically ‘Shaped’ Breast Implants

Dr. Broadway and Dr. Cisco are some of the first in the nation to offer Sientra High Cohesive Silicone Gel Breast Implants, and now they also offer Sientra Anatomical Shaped Breast Implants, or the “teardrop” shape.

A More Natural Breast Shape

The Sientra teardrop implants mimic the shape of natural breasts with more fullness at the base of the implants with a gradual taper off near the top of the implants.

Anatomically shaped breast implants are also textured to help prevent rotation or distortion. The primary benefit of the anatomical-shaped breast implant is that they slope off the chest wall more subtly, providing a more natural look.

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Dr. Broadway and Dr. Cisco wants to provide you with all of the information necessary to make a well-informed decision about your breast implants.

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Profile
Options

As with the smooth round style of implants, the anatomical-shaped breast implant also comes in different profiles. We all have a very different breast shape, so there has to be a variety of profiles to fit different breast measurements.

Sientra has created a number of anatomical-shaped implants that have round or oval bases, and some that offer more projection than others. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Broadway and Dr. Cisco will recommend styles and sizes that he believes will provide the result you are looking for, but you will have the opportunity to make the best and final choices concerning your breast implants.

What You Should Know

The anatomical-shaped breast implant needs to be implanted by experienced surgeons only. This implant is more difficult to implant and has to be positioned in just the right place for the patient to receive the best result, so don’t trust your body to just any plastic surgeon who says they offer the textured tear shaped implant.

The teardrop shaped breast implant is more expensive than the smooth round breast implant. These costs will be reviewed with you during your consultation, as well as all of the pros and cons of the different implants available.

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MemoryGel Breast
Implant vs. Porsche

Mentor

MemoryGel® Silicone Breast Implants

If you are considering breast augmentation and want to make sure you get results that look and feel as natural as possible, Mentor’s MemoryGel® breast implants may be the right choice for you.

MemoryGel breast implants are filled with Mentor’s proprietary cohesive silicone gel and are initially more expensive than their saline counterparts. Yet, the improved cosmetic results, enduring good results and outstanding warranty make these safe, FDA-approved breast implants is a good choice for women whose primary concern is the quality of their results from breast augmentation. Our Vectra 3-D Breast Imaging machine helps women decide what size implant will be best for them.

MemoryGel® Breast Implants

For women looking for natural-looking breast augmentation results, Mentor’s MemoryGel® silicone breast implants have many key advantages:

  • They look and feel more like natural breast tissue (compared to saline breast implants).
  • You’re less likely to experience rippling or implant edge visibility.
  • They’re less likely to rupture than saline breast implants.
  • They’re covered by the outstanding Mentor Breast Implant Warranty.

These advantages make Mentor’s MemoryGel® breast implants a good choice for women who are looking for long-term quality breast augmentation results. In particular, MemoryGel® breast implants are recommended for women who:

  • Are considering subglandular (over-the-muscle) placement
  • Have little natural breast tissue

If long-lasting results that look and feel natural are your primary concern, then MemoryGel® breast implants are recommended.

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Disadvantages of
MemoryGel Breast Implants

Although they are a good, safe breast implant alternative, MemoryGel® breast implants are not for everyone. They do have some disadvantages which include the following:

  • They’re initially more expensive.
  • They require a longer incision (approximately 1.5 inches compared to 1 inch for saline breast implants).

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Sientra
Implants

Sientra’s commitment to safety, innovation and beauty is their top priority. They are committed to exacting production standards and provide a level of protection unsurpassed in their industry.

Sientra Capsular Contracture Care Program

  • Covers ALL Sientra Smooth and TRUE TextureTM breast implants used for primary augmentation.
  • Five-year coverage against capsular contracture starts the day of the primary augmentation surgery.
  • Capsular contracture within that time means you get a replacement implant. Free.

Program Details:

  • A diagnosis of Baker Grade III or IV capsular contracture is required to be eligible for the program.
  • Replacement implant must be the same style as the primary augmentation implant, and the same size or one size larger or smaller.
  • Provides the implant for free. It does not cover surgery or hospital costs.
  • Replacement surgery must be performed by a board-certified or board-eligible plastic surgeon.

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Mentor Replacement
Policy

The Replacement Policy applies to MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants and MemoryShape® Breast Implants described in this document and implanted in the United States (including Puerto Rico) as of May 1, 2017.

In the event of a qualifying rupture of a covered product, MENTOR will replace the product, free of charge, for the lifetime of the patient.

MENTOR will replace covered product, free of charge, for ten (10) years from the date of implantation for the following qualifying events:

  • (a) capsular contracture, Baker Grade III or Baker Grade IV as diagnosed by the attending surgeon. Baker Grade III: the breast is firm and looks abnormal (visible distortion); Baker Grade IV: the breast is hard, painful, and looks abnormal (greater visible distortion than Baker Grade III).
  • (b) double capsule, defined as when the initial capsule of fibrous scar tissue around the implant, formed as part of the normal healing process, separates with minor trauma, resulting in two layers of fibrous tissue surrounding the implant.
  • (c) late seroma, defined for the purposes of this document as a clinically symptomatic seroma that develops at least 12 months after the qualifying implant surgery with no intervening surgical procedures performed on the breast between the surgery in question and the development of the seroma.

For more complete details visit: www.breastimplantsbymentor.com

Saline or Gel Breast Implants

Saline vs. Silicone
Rupture

Saline Rupture

A ruptured saline breast implant will deflate quickly, affecting the breast size and shape immediately.

Leaked saline poses no health risk and will be absorbed into your body. You will need a”remove and replacement” procedure to restore your breast to its original shape (before the rupture).

Silicone Rupture

A ruptured silicone breast implant will maintain its shape and may go undetected for some time.

Any loose silicone tends to remain in the fibrous capsule that forms around the implant. These are referred to as ‘”silent ruptures.”

Should you choose high cohesive silicone gel breast implants, Dr. Broadway and Dr. Cisco offers Sientra Breast Implants, which come with a lifetime breast implant replacement warranty.

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Allergan
Implants

  • FREE gel breast implant replacement for 10 years in the event of capsular contracture (Baker Grade III/IV) for Natrelle® Gel implants (valid for both primary and revision surgeries)*
  • FREE lifetime product replacement for all implants in the event of implant rupture or deflation
  • FREE financial assistance up to $3500 for 10 years in the event of implant rupture for Natrelle® Gel breast implants
  • FREE financial assistance up to $7500 for rare event of breast implant–associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) diagnosis†
  • When you upgrade to ConfidencePlus® Premier, financial assistance up to $2400 for 10 years in the event of implant deflation of Natrelle® Saline-Filled Breast Implants
  • For more complete details visit: www.natrelle.com

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