A range of available breast implant options can help you meet your goals with results that look both natural and beautiful. Dr. Stafford Broumand offers a number of different types, shapes, and sizes of breast implants at his practice here in Manhattan. With the many different options available to you, including the new “gummy bear” cohesive gel implants, Dr. Broumand can help you meet your expectations with exceptional results.
Breast Implant Options
While there are only two major types of breast implants, the options for size and shape are virtually endless. One thing to remember is that your ultimate decision should be based on your individual goals, as well as what may be best for your body type. Dr. Broumand will meet with you for an initial consultation to go over all aspects of breast augmentation with you and show you the many examples of breast implants that you can choose from. There are saline and silicone implants; round and tear-drop shaped varieties; and a comprehensive array of sizes available. Dr. Broumand will talk with you about your choices and help you visualize the potential results so that you can make the best possible decision.
Breast Implant Types
There are different types of breast implants. They are: Mentor® Saline Breast Implants, Mentor® Silicone Breast Implants, and Sientra® “Gummy Bear” Breast Implants.
Saline Breast Implants
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for patients aged 18 and over, the saline breast implant is the most common type and has helped millions of women achieve their breast enhancement goals. Saline implants are made of a silicone outer shell encasing a saline (salt-water) solution. These implants have been used in breast augmentation procedures for many years, and can provide patients with beautiful results. Dr. Broumand typically uses the prolific Mentor® brand of saline implants; however, we can order Allergan’s saline implants for patients who prefer that particular brand.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants are known for their very natural look and feel. Approved by the FDA for breast augmentation patients over the age of 22 and for breast reconstruction patients of any age, silicone breast implants are composed of a silicone outer shell that is filled with a thick silicone gel. They are typically less prone to rippling, and are often beneficial for patients who have very thin body frames. Dr. Broumand offers a number of silicone breast implant types, including the MemoryGel® implant. The MemoryGel® implant is approved by the FDA for use in cosmetic procedures, and is known for its very natural feel and shape. Our practice most often uses the Mentor® brand of silicone implants; however we can order the Allergan silicone breast implants for patients who prefer that brand.
Sientra® “Gummy Bear” Breast Implants – Smooth, Round, and Textured
For many years, cohesive gel implants (also known as “gummy bear implants”) have been available in Europe and have provided patients with very successful breast augmentation results. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved these advanced implants for use by board-certified plastic surgeons here in the United States. The Sientra® breast implant is composed of a very durable silicone gel that can allow for a remarkably natural appearance and feel. They are also designed to be leak-resistant in the rare case of implant rupture. Sientra® breast implants are available in round, classic, and oval shapes; smooth and textured surfaces; and a variety of sizes. One of the chief benefits of Sientra® breast implants is that they can help to ensure the best possible proportions, in addition to adding volume to the breasts. Specific types of Sientra® implants can provide a more natural-looking blend between the breasts and the chest wall, and the cohesive gel composition of the implant can give them the feeling of natural breast tissue. Please visit www.sientra.com for more information.
For breast augmentation procedures involving silicone implants, Dr. Broumand frequently uses a “no-touch” technique known as the Keller Funnel™. This innovative device is designed reduce the risk of trauma to the outer shell of the implant by effectively eliminating the need to touch the patient’s skin while conducting the procedure. During the operation, the Keller Funnel™ enables Dr. Broumand to slide the implant gently into place within the breast pocket without touching the implant itself. By avoiding skin contact during implant placement, the opportunity for residual bacteria contamination can be greatly reduced. Additionally, the Keller Funnel™ technique can decrease residual scarring through the use of a smaller incision, and Dr. Broumand believes it can also minimize the risk of scar tissue formation (capsular contracture) around the implant.