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Saline Replaces Silicone Implant Patient Blog

January 13th, 2022

Ease of saline replaced implants

Replacing Silicone with Saline Implants Patient Blog

Statistics from The American Society of Plastic Surgery reveal that Breast Augmentation continues to be one of the TOP 5 elective cosmetic surgical procedures among the 15.6 Million cosmetic procedures done in 2020. In fact, it has been since 2006.

Reports show that currently Silicone Implants were used in 84% of patients while Saline Implants in only 16% of all breast augmentations. However, in my practice, I am seeing more women choosing saline implants when they are given a choice, based on safety concerns should a rupture occur and ease of replacement. The FDA requires patients be provided with adequate risk information silicone leak/rupture so that they can make fully informed decisions. Included in the guidelines is telling patients that breast implants are not intended to be lifetime devices. The longer a woman has implants, the more likely it is that she will need to have surgery to remove or replace them. Many plastic surgeons recommend replacing implants at the 10-year mark to avoid the statistical failure rate.

A recent patient decided to have her Silicone Implants replaced with Saline, nearing that 10-year mark. A Silicone leak or rupture is more complicated than having the basic salt water in Saline Implants. Here is her story:

I originally opted for Silicone Implants because of the natural look and feel. But when I consulted with Dr. Bashioum, he took time to explain the new advancements in the Saline version. He also talked about the safety and nature of leaks or rupture with Saline vs Silicone, so my decision was made at this point. The surgery was performed under local anesthesia and I didn’t feel any discomfort during the procedure, making it easier to recover and return home after being discharged. I was surprised that I had no pain with the implant swap. Dr. Bashioum explained that it was kinda like changing a lightbulb. Replacement is quick and efficient, and the Saline Implant slides in uninflated, so the incision is small. I slept well the first night, trying to remain on my back, applying ice bags and continuing to drink water. The next morning, I was careful when moving about, but genuinely shocked that I still had no pain. My main difficulty was just remembering that I had surgery and needed to follow strict recovery instructions, pain or no pain. My breasts appear and feel just the same, having opted to keep the size the same. I look and feel great knowing that my mammograms will be easier to read and generally speaking, saline seems to be a safer choice for me.

 

 

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Turkey Waddle or Saggy Neck?

November 16th, 2021

Saggy jowls

Neck sagging usually occurs right along with other changes to the face as we age. Laugh lines get more prominent and the jowls begin to sag, as the laxity of an aging neck skin causes it to look what is commonly referred to as turkey neck or turkey waddle. This usually requires a type of skin tightening procedure to get rid of the extra sagging skin.

Simple liposuction is not enough when loose skin is present. Sometimes saggy jowls may be disguised by a temporary procedure by injecting liposuctioned fat or medical fillers along the jaw line to plump up the area. Our NipntuckLite Medspa is ideal in correcting minor sagging for results without surgery. However, this measure is usually not enough when significant loose skin is apparent. For a more permanent solution, I usually recommend a facelift, which may easily address turkey waddle, in addition to resulting in a more youthful facial appearance overall. Fortunately, recent advances in techniques for facelift surgery have made relatively short recovery times possible now. Most of my patients can be out and about, looking great in about 5-6 days after the surgery. So, there is no need to keep a turkey neck unless, of course, it is Thanksgiving!

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