Silicone Implants Are One of a Variety of Breast Implant Options
How your breasts look and feel is a personal and often sensitive subject, especially if you are unhappy with how your breasts look.
Fortunately, if you live in the Houston area, you have an opportunity to consult with top Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Schusterman. As a double-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Schusterman has performed hundreds of breast implant procedures over a career of nearly 20+ years. For patients in Houston silicone breast implants are one of a variety of implant options, and each procedure will differ with each patient. You can learn more about your options for silicone implants when you schedule a consultation with Dr. Schusterman.
Deciding if Silicone Implants are Right for You?
The first step in determining if a breast augmentation is right for you is to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Schusterman. Together you can determine what is the right type of implant and the size for your body. Many women want to improve their breast appearance because breastfeeding has caused them to sag, or in general, the breasts are aging and need to be rejuvenated. Dr. Schusterman may recommend breast augmentation for your if:
- Your breasts vary in size in shape.
- You are in overall good health.
- You have a healthy outlook and realistic expectations about the results.
- You are unsatisfied with the size, shape, and firmness because of weight loss, breastfeeding, or aging.
What are Silicone Implants?
For women 22 and older, silicone implants are approved by the FDA to be used in cosmetic procedures. The implants consist of a soft silicone shell filled with a semi-soft gel that feels like real breast tissue.
What is the Difference Between Saline and Silicone Implants?
- Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel with the consistency and feel of natural fat within the breasts. The amount of filler is determined in your consultation. Many women prefer the look of silicone implants as they look fuller and feel more like natural breasts. You will be able to decide on the amount of filler during your consultation with Dr. Schusterman.
- Saline implants feature a silicone shell and are filled with saline (saltwater) instead of silicone gel. The incision is smaller in this procedure because the implants are not filled until they are placed inside the breasts. For specific information about our saline implants, visit our saline Implant page.
Most patients are under general anesthesia during surgery. During the breast augmentation, there will be a single incision in three locations: under the breasts, under the arms, and around the nipples.
After the cuts are made, Dr. Schusterman will separate the breast and connective tissues from the chest to create a pocket for the implants. The implant will be placed in the pocket and centered behind the nipple. Silicone implants are inserted pre-filled with the determined amount of filler before in place. Once the implants are in place, Dr. Schusterman will close the incisions and wrap the breasts to keep down inflammation and swelling.
To help you heal as quickly as possible, there is a specific post-op regiment to follow. The expected downtime is 6-8 weeks, and you will have tubes inserted to help with fluid draining. The tubes are typically removed in about a week, but it depends on how extensive the procedure is.
You will need to avoid any heavy lifting and physical activity for at least two weeks. Your breasts will be very sensitive, so you will want to make sure you are careful about other people running into you or any jarring movements during daily activities. If your job is not physically active, you may be able to return to work sooner.
You will be excited about the results once you have healed from your Houston silicone breast implant procedure and the swelling and bruising have dissipated. Changes in your breasts will be seen immediately, such as a change in breast symmetry, tone, and shape. For specific information about our breast implant results, visit our Breast Augmentation page.
Schedule Your Houston Silicone Implants Consultation with Dr. Mark Schusterman
Schedule a consultation today to learn more about silicone implants and the breast augmentation procedure. Dr. Mark Schusterman wants you to feel safe and knowledgeable about your procedure by designing the best plan for your body. The ultimate goal is that you receive the best silicone implants Houston has to offer. Your body is unique, and so should your experience be with silicone breast implants.
Silicone Implants FAQs
Silicone Implants have been approved by the FDA for over fifty years. They were pulled from the U.S. market in the early 2000s for safety concerns. However, new technology and further research have proven silicone implants are safe to use. Silicone implants can be used on women 22 years of age for cosmetic procedures for women of any age for reconstructive purposes.
Silicone implants are considered safe for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction by the FDA. If silicone implants rupture, the leak may go undetected because the silicone remains within the fibrous breast tissue around the implant. This is known as a silent rupture. While a rupture in your breast implant isn’t known to cause health problems, a rupture will change the shape of your implant, and future surgery will be needed to correct it.
Be sure to check with your insurance provider about coverage options. Breast augmentation is considered elective surgery and is not covered under medical insurance. The Texas Center for Breast & Body can work with you and your financial situation to offer reasonable payment options.
Double-board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Schusterman will guide you through this process to determine if silicone implants are right for you. It is rare to have major complications from silicone breast implants, but cosmetic surgical procedures may carry certain risks and complications, and they can include: swelling, numbness, bleeding at the incision sites, persistent pain, blood clotting, fluid accumulation, infection, and nerve damage.