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Types of Breast Implants

Breast Implants

bikini body 2Patients seeking breast augmentation cosmetic surgery should have a clear understanding of the various breast implant options available to them today. The type of implants they choose will have an impact on the final outcome of the procedure. Therefore, the best choice must be made in close consultation with the breast surgeon.

Pre-eminent plastic surgeon Dr. Neal Handel has been providing breast augmentation and other procedures for many years. During the initial consultation process, Dr. Handel will discuss various implant options and help the patient make the right decisions suiting to their unique needs. He receives patients from Santa Barbara, California, and surrounding communities.

Saline Implants

Saline breast implants have been approved by the FDA for women above the age of 18. These are traditional implants where the outer shell is made of silicone, but the inner core is filled with a saline solution. These implants can provide a uniform shape, feel, and firmness to the breasts.

The saline solution is completely biocompatible, which eliminates any risk to the body if the implant gets damaged and the solution leaks out to other parts. The cost of these implants is relatively lower, which will reduce the overall cost of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery to some extent.

Silicone Implants

Silicone breast implants have been approved by the FDA for women above the age of 21. The core of these implants is filled with a thick silicone gel. This deeply viscous gel resembles the touch and feel of the natural breast tissue to a marvelous extent. That makes silicone implant a more popular choice today as compared to saline implant.

Over the years, the safety and effectiveness of silicone implants has been established thoroughly. In the event of implant damage or breakage, the silicone gel does not leak out to other areas because of its highly cohesive nature and consistency. Dr. Handel is a well-known plastic surgeon who receives patients from Santa Barbara, California, and nearby areas for breast implant surgery.

Gummy Bear Implants

Gummy Bear implants or form stable implants, as the name suggests, have a strong cohesiveness. These implants are produced with a highly cohesive silicone gel core. The higher density of the gel allows these implants to maintain their shape and form.

Another advantage with gummy bear implants is that if the implant shell gets broken, damaged, or cut into two pieces, the highly cohesive silicone gel will not leak out to other areas of the body. In that sense, the safety quotient of these implants becomes higher than any other implants.

These implants have been approved by the FDA, and are gradually catching up in popularity. The cost of form stable implants is relatively higher compared to standard silicone or saline implants. However, the higher aesthetic appeal and improved patient satisfaction may compensate for the higher cost.

Size and Shape

Breast implants are usually available in a variety of sizes ranging from 120 cc to 960 cc to match with the breast anatomy of different patients. The shape of the implants may be round or tear drop, and the profile sizes will also vary. Implant surface can be plain or textured.

For more information on Plastic Surgery procedures and Medical Spa treatments performed by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Neal Handel please call (805) 682-9100 or click here to contact us. Office located in Santa Barbara, CA.

Plastic Surgery Procedures Offered

Plastic Surgery 

Dr. Handel Plastic SurgeonWith over 38 years of experience in the field of plastic, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Neal Handel is one of the leading figures in the field. Dr. Handel provides a wide range of surgical procedures for the breast, body, and face. He focuses on customizing the surgery according to the unique anatomical and aesthetic needs of a patient.

Dr. Handel’s state of the art practice is equipped with cutting edge surgical technologies to deliver safe, predictable, and sustainable outcomes. As a well-known plastic surgeon in the region, Dr. Handel receives patients from Santa Barbara, California, and surrounding communities for a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures.

Breast Procedures

The major breast cosmetic surgery procedures provided at Dr. Handel’s practice include breast augmentation, breast lift, breast lift with augmentation, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, male breast reduction or gynecomastia, breast asymmetry correction with implants or fat grafting, and breast revision surgery.

Breast augmentation and breast lift are major aesthetic procedures that are sought by a large number of women to achieve a more attractive breast appearance. In some cases, the surgeon may combine breast augmentation and breast lift to achieve more comprehensive results and to meet the patient’s personal aesthetic goals.

Procedures such as breast reduction and gynecomastia may be performed as medically necessary procedures or for cosmetic reasons. Breast revision is relatively more complex as compared to the primary breast implant surgery. This procedure may be performed if the patient develops capsular contracture or another complication with the implants.

Face Procedures

As a leading plastic surgeon in Santa Barbara, California, Dr. Handel provides a wide range of facial surgery procedures, including brow lift, eyelid lift, facelift, neck lift, chin implant, otoplasty, rhinoplasty, fat transfer, and cheek implant surgery. Sometimes two or more procedures may be performed in conjunction to achieve more effective outcomes.

Brow lift and eyelid lift are upper face procedures that can help to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes and the forehead. Facelift is one of the more popular and comprehensive procedures that can take several years off the patient’s face and restore a more youthful facial appearance. It is usually combined with neck lift to achieve more uniform looking results. Rhinoplasty and chin and cheek implants are also popular procedures designed to enhance the facial look and individual features.

Body Contouring Procedures

Some of the major body contouring procedures, including tummy tuck, arm lift, butt lift, liposuction, fat grafting, and labiaplasty (vagina lip reduction), are performed by Dr. Handel. Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a procedure designed to remove excess fat tissue and loose skin from the abdominal area to restore a flatter and firmer tummy.

Liposuction ranks as the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the US today. This targeted fat reduction surgery can be performed using less invasive techniques to achieve highly desirable results. Fat grafting, an arm and butt lift are effective body contouring procedures performed by Dr. Handel. Labiaplasty is a procedure aimed at providing vaginal rejuvenation and a more aesthetically appealing appearance of the vagina.

For more information on Plastic Surgery procedures and Medical Spa treatments performed by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Neal Handel please call (805) 682-9100 or click here to contact us. Office located in Santa Barbara, CA.

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