Natural-Looking Breast Implants In Houston
Breast augmentation has steadily been rising in popularity in the past few decades with more and more women choosing to have the size and shape of their breasts enhanced to a larger, rounder form with breast implants. Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Leo Lapuerta, a triple board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, has been performing breast implant surgery in Houston for many years and is excited to provide his patients with the breasts they have always dreamed of..
Saline-filled breast implants have been the more common implant used for many years. Saline-filled implants are constructed of a tough, semi-permeable silicone elastomer shell with a single valve on the front (anterior) surface of the implant. The saline-filled implants come in smooth and textured surface and round or contoured shapes. Contoured shapes are also referred to as anatomical, teardrop, and biodimensional shapes.
Most saline implants are single lumen and are filled at the time of surgery. Ruptures in breast implants can happen, and although breast implants are made to be strong and stable, there are instances where they can break, and the saline filler may leak and circulate throughout the body. If a rupture occurs, a saline breast will simply deflate, and the saline held within the implant would harmlessly absorb within the body.
This safety feature is just one of the many reasons why saline-filled implants have been the popular choice for so long. Saline breast implants are extremely versatile. They do vary in terms of shell surface, volume, shell thickness, profile shape, and ability to expand. Saline-filled implants are certainly a popular choice to fix disproportion between breasts or to gain proportion within your body.
Silicone Gel Implants
Silicone gel implants’ outer shell is similar to that of the saline-filled implant in that it is made of solid silicone material. However, silicone implants are filled with silicone gel, which is a semi-solid material. In silicone gel implants, the surface may be smooth or textured (multiple fine bumps on the surface of the implant). There is some evidence that textured implants have a lower incidence of scar formation around them, but since a textured implant adheres to the surrounding skin, there may be visible rippling (wrinkling) of the skin. A textured implant also requires a larger incision due to the increased difficulty of sliding the implants through the surgical opening.
The silicone gel implant is usually inserted through an incision in the crease under the breast or just above it. The incision may be 3-6 cm in length. An incision at or above the fold is often hidden by the slight droop of the breast and not seen unless someone is looking up under the breast. Silicone implants can also be inserted through an incision in the armpit, but this is much more difficult and more difficult insertions may cause damage to the implants.
Silicone gel implants have been known to leak through the shell. Rupture of an implant may be related to the length of time it has been in the body. Rupture may also be caused by force or traumas, such as a blow to the chest or a jolt from a car accident. Additional surgery may be required to repair or remove a ruptured breast implant. For more information, see Breast Implant Options.
For quality breast implants, Houston women rely on Dr. Lapuerta. Please contact Dr. Lapuerta today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Lapuerta also serves patients in Sugar Land, Pearland, Katy, and Friendswood, Texas.