Benefits Of Saline Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation with saline implants does offer some unique advantages over other breast implants. Some of the benefits of saline breast augmentation include:
- Increases breast size
- Restore breast volume lost due to pregnancy or age
- Look and feel natural
- Dramatic results
- Create cleavage
- Fill out the shape of the breast
- Adjustable breast size
- Smaller incision
- Can use any modern breast augmentation surgical technique (inframammary, periareolar, transaxillary, and transumbilical)
- Integrates well with existing breast tissue
- In the rare event of a rupture, it is immediately obvious
- Saline poses no risk to the body
- FDA-approved in women 18 years of age and older
- Cost less than other types of implants
Ideal Candidates For Cleveland Breast Augmentation
Most healthy adult women are fantastic candidates for breast augmentation surgery in Cleveland. In general, breast augmentation surgery candidates have qualities such as:
- Well managed health conditions
- Enthusiastic about the surgery
- Has realistic and well informed expectations about their procedure
During a consultation with Dr. Goldschmidt, he will first ask about your medical history and reasons for seeking breast augmentation. From there, he will discuss the results you want to achieve. Finally, Dr. Goldschmidt will perform a physical exam to ensure your anatomy is compatible with and would benefit from the surgery.
If Dr. Goldschmidt believes you are a good candidate for surgery, he will present the various breast implant options, including saline-filled implants and pre-filled silicone breast implants. You can try on breast implant sizers to determine the right size, shape, and profile for your body.
Saline vs Silicone Breast Implants
Choosing between saline and silicone breast implants is one of the first decisions a patient needs to make. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. While most patients choose silicone implants, some patients will benefit more from saline breast implants. The table below details some of the differences between breast implant options.
Both saline and silicone breast implants can be used to correct breast asymmetry, perform breast reconstruction, and generally enhance the breast. Though, the results each provides will look and feel slightly different. For patients that prefer firmer breast implants, gummy bear breast implants may best serve their purposes. Saline implants feel softer.
Types Of Breast Augmentation Incisions
Dr. Goldschmidt can perform breast augmentation in a variety of ways. Essentially, this means he can place the breast implants through different incision locations. Below are the most common types of breast augmentation.
The inframammary fold incision is the most frequently performed breast augmentation incision around the world. The incision is made in the fold just below the breast. This offers Dr. Goldschmidt full access to the structures of the breast and the pectoral muscle. He then will create a pocket for the breast implant and place the silicone shell. Dr. Goldschmidt then fills the breast implant to the desired size.
A lesser performed breast augmentation method involves placing the implants through a small semi-circle shaped incision at the edge of the areola. This technique does come with the biggest risk of disrupting the nipple sensation. Often, the periareolar technique is used in specific situations. For example, in women who do plan to breastfeed, do not care about nipple sensation, or those undergoing a breast lift at the same time as their augmentation.
A transaxillary breast augmentation uses an incision in the underarm. This keeps incisions away from and off of the breasts. It also can access underneath the pectoral muscle without cutting it which can lead to an easier recovery. This is an innovative technique that can easily accommodate saline and silicone breast implants.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Surgery
What Is The Average Cost Of Saline Breast Implants In Cleveland?
The cost of breast augmentation surgery varies depending on the chosen type of implant, variances in surgical costs, and what is necessary for your particular surgery. With that said, saline breast implants are less expensive than silicone ones. Therefore, many women find them to be a cost effective option. Saline breast augmentation usually starts somewhere around $5,000.
Do Saline Implants Look Bigger?
In a way, yes, but not always. A 500cc saline breast implant and a 500cc silicone breast implant will look virtually the same size. However, saline implants can be safely overfilled by about 10%. Thus, if this is done, a 500cc saline implant can look bigger than a 500cc silicone breast implant.
Is Cleveland Breast Augmentation Very Painful?
The surgery itself is performed under general anesthesia so you will not feel anything during surgery. After surgery, some post-operative pain is expected, but patients generally report that it is not overly painful. Some especially hardy patients do not take any prescription pain medication.
It is normal for your breasts to feel tender and to feel some sensations as your nerves begin to function normally again in the weeks after surgery. This usually only requires over-the-counter pain medication or at-home remedies. Dr. Goldschmidt will provide you with post-operative instructions that prioritize your comfort and safety during recovery.
What Is Saline Breast Augmentation Recovery Like?
Breast augmentation patients tend to have limited post-operative pain, especially when compared to other plastic surgeries. However, patients will need to follow their post-op instructions carefully. These instructions may include:
- Wearing your surgical bra all the time and not wearing a normal bra until okayed by Dr. Goldschmidt
- Avoid lifting heavy objects or otherwise putting stress on your incisions
- Attend your post-operative appointments
- Do not participate in strenuous exercise or activities for at least four weeks
- Take light walks during your recovery period
- Stay hydrated and eat well
Most saline breast augmentation patients can return to work in a week. This is provided their job does not involve heavy lifting. Patients may still experience some swelling and a misshapen appearance. The surgical bra should help with this and it will take a few months for the implants to drop into place.
Is It Better For Implants To Be Above Or Below The Muscle?
The majority of breast augmentation surgeries performed in Cleveland place the breast implants under the muscle. There is less of a chance of the edges of the implant becoming visible through the skin (rippling) and it reduces the risk of capsular contracture. When it comes to saline breast implants, they tend to look and feel the most natural when placed under the pectoral muscle.
The Best Saline Breast Augmentation Cleveland Offers
Dr. Matt Goldschmidt is double board-certified. He has performed thousands of cosmetic surgeries including breast enhancement, facial cosmetic surgery, and body contouring. He is among one of Cleveland’s few plastic surgeons who is certified to place gummy bear breast implants. Working with each patient, his compassionate demeanor is immediately evident. Dr. Gokdschmidt aims to offer customized saline breast augmentation in Cleveland.