About Breast Implants

Serving Orange County: Newport Beach and Fullerton, CA

Woman with breast implantsThere are many breast implant options available today for women who decide that breast augmentation surgery is right for them. I use only implant types that have been approved by the FDA for use in breast augmentation and reconstruction procedures. Breast implants have been extensively studied and tested, and the resulting research and development means that women choosing breast implants today have highly advanced options.

I encourage you to contact us online or call 949-759-0980 today to schedule a consultation at my Newport Beach or Fullerton offices in Orange County to learn more about breast implants. Along with my supportive staff, I am committed to helping you reach your cosmetic goals and I will take the time necessary during your consultation to give you my recommendations and educate you about all your options.

Breast Implant Types

Very generally, implants fall into two different types based on the material they are made of. All breast implants have an outer shell constructed using pliable silicone. Within this silicone shell, an implant may be filled with saline (a medical-grade saltwater solution) or silicone gel.

Breast implants come in many shapes and sizes. Round implants are circular but a bit flat, and the material inside will respond to gravity.  They are passive, and do not control the shape of the breast, rather, they simply “fill” the breast. In general, they are best used for women who have a naturally good shape, but want additional volume.

Anatomical or “teardrop” shaped implants are designed with an increased amount of fill material on the bottom, to closely mimic the natural shape and slope of the breasts. The implants hold their shape, and will therefore control the shape of the breast rather than simply “fill” the breast. They are best used for women who have a relatively flat breast without a natural slope, who would like to have a small to modest increase in volume.

I was interested in breast augmentation, but wasn’t going for that outrageous look. I had lots of concerns and I was fearful. Dr. Savalia took that away. He made the whole experience so easy.
– BRIANNE, Real Patient
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Silicone Gel Breast Implants

  • This implant type has been approved by the FDA for use in the United States since 2006.
  • Silicone gel implants are the most common type of implant used in the U.S. and worldwide
  • These implants give a more natural feel to the breast compared to saline breast implants.
  • Silicone gel implants hold their shape and size well, and are less likely to “bottom out” than saline implants.
  • These implants are filled by the manufacturer before they are placed. This may mean that a slightly larger incision is necessary compared to saline implants.
  • Silicone gel implants are approved for women age 22 and older for primary breast augmentation.

Women choosing breast implants today have highly advanced options. I encourage you to schedule a consultation to learn more about all the implant types offered at my practice.

– Dr. Savalia

Saline Breast Implants

  • This implant type is filled it sterile salt water, which is compatible with the human body.
  • Saline implants are filled after they have been placed, which allows me to make a slightly smaller incision for placement and adjust volume after the implants have been inserted.
  • If the implant should leak and the saline is released, it can be safely absorbed by your body.
  • They are also more prone to aesthetic imperfections such as wrinkling, rippling, double-bubble, and bottoming out.
  • Compared to silicone gel implants, saline implants look and feel less like your natural breast tissue.
  • This implant type is the only option approved for women between the ages of 18 and 21 for primary breast augmentation.

There are several other considerations to discuss about your implants, including implant profile and shell texture. Textured breast implants provide a surface that helps to anchor the implant in place. Most commonly, “teardrop” or “anatomical” implants will come with a textured outer shell to reduce the chance that the implant will rotate within the breast pocket.

My recommendation on the implant that is right for you will depend in large part on your existing anatomy and your goals for the surgery. I can discuss all aspects of breast implants in more detail during your consultation.

For more information on your breast implant options, I encourage you to contact us online today.