Choosing the right breast implants for one’s own body, as well as her unique situation, should be a primary concern of any prospective Thousand Oaks breast augmentation patient. Most women, of course, do not have all of the details that a knowledgeable surgeon does in terms of what is available today. Dr. Christopher Costanzo makes it a priority to provide his patients with the background knowledge necessary to pursue their breast enlargement with the confidence and understanding that one should have when pursuing any medical procedure. That is why we recommend that you read the following information regarding what types of breast implants are currently available.
Shaped vs. Round Implants
Both shaped and round breast implants have their pros and cons. Sometimes called “gummy bear” implants by the public, shaped implants are those designed to maintain their shape with more fullness at the bottom of the implant and are custom fitted to your body. These contoured implants are available in various heights and widths. Mentor, Sientra, and Allergan all offer shaped implants approved by the FDA. Mentor’s are called “MemoryShape,” Sientra’s simply called “Shaped,” and Allergan’s called “Natrelle Shaped 410 Gel.”
Shaped gel implants are often recommended for reconstructive breast surgery due to a number of advantages that they offer. Your Thousand Oaks breast augmentation surgeon will likely recommend them for reconstructive surgery as they provide the surgeon with an implant that maintains it shape, particularly at the base of the breast. They resist folding and can last longer than round implants before replacement is necessary. Following breast cancer, shaped gel implants tend to be the recommended option for reconstructive surgeries.
For cosmetic breast surgeries, however, it is less likely that shaped gel implants will be recommended. These breast implants are much more expensive than other available options, and are not appropriate for those women with some sagging of the breast. If you are pursuing a breast augmentation in Thousand Oaks in order to attain very full breasts, then round implants are simply a better choice as well. Shaped gel implants require longer incisions, may feel slightly firmer and have a small risk of implant rotation which is not a concern with round breast implants.
What Else is Available for Use with Breast Implants?
Allergan has a bioengineered, silk-based biodegradable mesh called SeriScaffold, which may be used with implants during revision surgery to help maintain the implant position over time. Other companies have engineered tissue called “acellular dermis” from either humans or animals. One such product is called Alloderm. This tissue is also used in reconstruction, and sometimes for revisions after capsular contracture. All of the cells are removed from the tissue so that one’s body does not reject it. It is also used for maintaining implant positioning.
Sientra breast implants, manufactured in Brazil by Silimed, received FDA approval to sell their cohesive gel in the USA in 2012. If you are looking for the advice of a true Thousand Oaks breast augmentation expert, though, know that Dr. Costanzo prefers to use Mentor and Allergan products, as they are two leading American companies with a proven track record of providing the best silicone and saline breast implants on the market. Silimed Brazilian-made implants are still simply too new to the USA for confident recommendation at this time.