Our practice in Fayetteville, AR, will help you select the right type of breast implant to use in your breast augmentation procedure. During your one-on-one consultation, Dr. H. Daniel Atwood will explain the benefits and disadvantages of each implant. The characteristics of your implants will have a significant influence on your results, and Dr. Atwood will take all the time necessary to help you make an informed decision. He has been an active investigator in the silicone implants research field since January of 1993 and is prepared to help you choose implants that will provide the enhancements you desire.
One of the first decisions patients should make when choosing their implants is whether they want silicone or saline. Dr. Atwood will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each during your consultation.
Saline implants are filled with a saltwater solution after they are inserted into the breast. Silicone implants are pre-filled, and therefore require a larger incision. However, many patients believe these implants feel more like natural breast tissue. Dr. Atwood will allow patients to hold each type of implant in their hand to get a sense of how the implant will feel after placement.
Gummy bear implants are a type of silicone implant that is form-stable. In other words, like its candy namesake, it is pliable yet cohesive. These implants are ergonomically shaped, making them a popular choice among those who wish to undergo breast reconstruction and have minimal breast tissue.
Dr. Atwood has over two decades of experience in investigating the advantages of disadvantages of each implant option to help patients make informed decisions.
It is important to understand that in the event of a rupture, each type of implant will require different attention. If a saline implant ruptures, the solution is harmlessly absorbed by the body, and the remaining silicone shell is either removed or replaced. If a silicone implant ruptures, it requires a more involved surgery to remove the silicone filling. Gummy bear implants will not leak, but will require removal or replacement.
In addition to breast implants, Dr. Atwood can further augment the breasts with a patient's own fatty tissue extracted during a liposuction procedure. This option can provide additional refinements that many patients find provide results with an even more natural look and feel. If you wish to eliminate excess fatty tissue and enhance the size and shape of your breasts, this option may be recommended.
In addition to choosing between saline, silicone, or cohesive silicone implants, you must also choose the right size and shape. Saline and silicone implants can be round or teardrop-shaped. The disadvantage of choosing a teardrop-shaped implant is that if the implant shifts, it can disrupt the outward appearance of the breast.
Implants are available in sizes ranging from 100 to 1000 cubic centimeters. Dr. Atwood will help you choose the right size based on your goals, your frame, and the amount of natural breast tissue you have.
Dr. Atwood has over two decades of experience in investigating the advantages and disadvantages of each breast implant option to help patients make informed decisions. Schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Atwood today by calling our office at (479) 443-7771 or contacting us online.
1794 E Joyce Boulevard
Fayetteville, AR 72703
Dr. Atwood is a very knowledgeable and experienced surgeon. He is meticulous, and does the absolute best possible job.