With its recent decision to re-approve silicone gel for breast enhancement in Baltimore, Maryland and across the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave women back their choices. While many patients feel comfortable with the saline-filled implants that have been used with success by Baltimore plastic surgeons for years, many others prefer the natural feel of silicone gel implants. Dr. Dean Kane has over 27 years experience with both silicone and saline implants; he can help you make the right decision.
Dr. Kane invites you to come in to the Center for Cosmetic Surgery & MediSpa for a consultation. He makes it a point to spend time with each of his Baltimore breast enlargement patients, knowing they have many questions to ask and decisions to make. He’ll take all the time you need to discuss not only implant type, but placement, size and other considerations as well.
Breast augmentation is an exciting, fulfilling process. Why not request a consultation with Dr. Kane right now and get started?
Saline Breast Augmentation in Baltimore
Some women find saline implants to be the best choice. Not only is the solution—also called salt water, “normal saline” and “sterile isotonic saline”—completely safe, it’s also harmlessly absorbed by the body should a rupture occur. When leaks happen, as they do eventually, it’s easy to tell that an implant needs to be replaced.
Most models of saline implants are filled after insertion. This means that incisions can be smaller for some patients and it can mean additional flexibility in adjusting for size and asymmetric breasts as well.
Ideal Implants are Ideal for Dr. Dean Kane’s Patients Wanting Saline Implants
Dr. Dean Kane in his Baltimore Cosmetic Surgery and Medi- Spa Center is now offering the new Ideal Implants for patients seeking the newest technology in Saline Implants for breast augmentation with or without a breast lift. The Ideal Implant gives the feel of a silicone gel implant but uses saline or salt water solution to fill and expand the implant.
History of the Silicone and Saline Implants leading to Ideal Implants
From the 1960’s and into the 1980’s, silicone had been used to develop the shell and the fill of breast implants. Its particular chemistry allows the linking of the silicone chains to be liquid, oily, sticky, gel, gummy and solid. It remains the best, most inert material to make the shell of breast implants and remains so today. Concerns regarding the more liquid center during the 1990’s generated much research and discovery to identify the gel as safe and therefore made available once again as a choice for breast implants. Women love the feel and the tear-drop shape. Despite this, women have had a remaining concern of safety.
During this time, the silicone shell / saline implant became popular in the United States. The side-effect of such implants were the round, full and tight projection / appearance in many patients. Even with over-filled saline implants, the shells would appear lose and wavy over time. The 2 types of implants with some minor modifications remain today with the least amount of leakage historically.
New Structural Design of Ideal Saline Implants
In 2014, a new innovation was FDA approved and came to market. Called the Ideal Implant because it provide a similar soft and natural feel similar to silicone gel implants with the “peace of mind” of having no internal silicone gel material. The baffling or double lining reduces the issues of rippling or wrinkling that the older traditional saline implant produces over time. Made of a silicone shell, it is stacked and baffled so the saline fluid will not wave back and forth nor need over-filling. It is also found to produce less capsule contracture or leak rates than the previous saline and gel breast implants.
The edges of Ideal Implant are curved toward the body making for a smoother transition and contour toward the chest wall. As compared to the older saline implants that have a larger projection often making them look firmer and stiffer on the chest wall. The double lumen in the Ideal Implant creates a much softer feel than the traditional saline implant and again is more similar to the silicone gel implants.
Ideal Implants also allow them to be placed in the same sub-muscular position though a smaller incision, like that of the saline implant. As they contain no gel, Ideal Implants need no MRI to diagnose a leak.
Why choose the Ideal Implant?
For patients 22 years and younger, the FDA has limited the use of silicone gel implants and only allows this group of women to have access to saline implants only for cosmetic augmentation purposes.
While the Silicone Gel Implants have been completely approved by the FDA, there are women who feel strongly that they only want to have a saline implants. Up to 2014, all these women only had the traditional saline implants to choose from. Now the Ideal Implant gives women the peace of mind that it only contains Saline (salt water solution), but feels very similar to the softness of a silicone gel implant.
Each patient has unique requirements when considering breast implants. Selecting a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with the skill, understanding and the availability of all implants provides you with your best options and outcomes. In a consultation with Dr. Dean Kane, you will be given a full evaluation and given all your breast surgery options including a full understanding between the differences in all the silicone, saline and now the Ideal Implants.
Silicone Gel Breast Implants
Bowing to concerns about silicone leakage associated with older generations of implants, the FDA banned silicone-filled implants for most patients in the U.S. in 1992. After fourteen years of continued study, during which product improvements continued to be made, silicone implants filled with what’s known as “cohesive gel” were re-approved by the FDA.
Today’s silicone implants with their semi-solid filling offer several advantages for Baltimore breast augmentation patients. Silicone gel is considered to be quite safe for use within the body. Indeed, silicone is used in a variety of medical applications including artificial joints and heart devices. If the implant cover should leak, which may happen over time, the cohesive gel is likely to stay within the breast capsule.
Perhaps the most compelling advantage silicone gel breast implants offer Maryland patients is their soft, natural look and feel. Many women find their aesthetic appeal to be far superior to the saline alternative.
During your appointment to discuss breast augmentation with Maryland plastic surgeon Dr. Dean Kane, he’ll show you silicone and saline implants and share his expertise with you. Then together, you’ll plan the procedure that will give you the figure you’ve dreamed of having.
Setting up your consultation is easy. You can request an appointment online with Dr. Kane. Or, if you have preliminary concerns you’d like to discuss, call the Center for Cosmetic Surgery & MediSpa at 410.602.3322 and ask for Lauri Kane. She can answer many of your questions about breast augmentation in Baltimore, including questions about surgical costs. Both professionals look forward to talking with you and hearing your goals. They’ll welcome you to their practice on Reservoir Circle in Baltimore, serving Delaware, the Eastern Shore and southern Pennsylvania as well as Maryland communities like Annapolis.