The Swan Center for Plastic Surgery Reminds Patients of Their Breast Implant Options

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There are two FDA approved breast implant options offered at the Swan Center for Plastic Surgery- saline and silicone.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon

As of November 2006, silicone was deemed safe by the FDA and it was readmitted for use in breast augmentation procedures. Women can now choose between saline and silicone.

“It is important for women to realize they have a choice,” says Dr. John P. Connors. “As of November 2006, silicone was deemed safe by the FDA and it was readmitted for use in breast augmentation procedures. Women can now choose between saline and silicone.”

There are some similarities as well as differences between the two and, while it can come down to personal preference, a woman’s body size and type determine the best material for use. Here’s how the breast implant Atlanta choices stack up:

Saline entered the market in the early 90s as an alternative to the recently banned silicone implants. The solution is largely made of salt water and often has a firmer feel once implanted. A small incision can be used with this type because they are empty when they are inserted. After insertion, they are filled to the pre-decided volume.

Silicone was re-introduced after years of testing to determine their safety. At the Swan Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Connors uses the innovative technology of the MemoryGel implants. “These offer, perhaps, the most natural feel in comparison to actual breast tissue,” he says. The gel-filled implants are pre-filled so the incision is slightly larger than with saline.

Both types offer options of smooth or textured shells; moderate, moderate plus or high profile projection; and a variety of incision sites. These as well as placement is often determined by the woman’s frame size, amount of breast tissue and the result she is looking for.

“One example of how the body determines the best implant is that a woman with little natural breast tissue gets a better result from silicone implants because they offer the most natural feel,” says Dr. Connors. “The reason for this is that there isn’t enough cushion to make them appear natural. If there is ample breast tissue, either type provides great results.”

When weighing the differences of a saline or silicone breast implant, Atlanta residents should consult with an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Connors. He has an eye for aesthetics and anatomy and is an expert at determining the best proportion for each individual. “Increasing bust size or correcting asymmetrical breasts can make a woman much more confident and help her feel better about her body,” says Dr. Connors. “By giving them a choice, it is easier to achieve the best results for each patient.”

Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Connors, performs his breast augmentation and other body contouring procedures in the accredited surgical suites located at the Swan Center. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations overseas this accreditation with their very strict standards on equipment, staff training, qualifications and safety in the surgical suites.


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