What are Saline Breast Implants?
Saline breast implants are comprised of a silicone outer shell filled with a sterile saltwater (saline) solution. Some are pre-filled and others are filled during the implant operation. Saline-filled implants come in different sizes and have either smooth or textured shells. The FDA approved saline breast implants for breast augmentation in women age 18 or older and for breast reconstruction in women of any age. They are also used in breast revision surgery.
While the type of breast implant that you decide is right for you is important to achieving your desired apprearance, equally important is the techniques your surgeon uses to place your implants. Dr. Obi’s techniques for breast augmentation are second to none. Be sure to read Dr. Obi’s preferred technique for breast implant placement and scarless breast augmentation.
See The Results Of your Breast Augmentation “Before Surgery”!
Additionally, A huge benefit for Dr. Obi’s patients is the VECTRA XT 3D Imaging Platform. This amazing system will photograph you from six different angles and create a virtual image of you and your breasts. Dr. Obi will then show you how “You” and “Your Body” will look with the the various shapes and sizes of implants. You will be able to select the implants that make you look like you wish to look, and have the comfort of knowing exactly how you will look after surgery. Best of all, this fantastic peek into your future is included as part of your initial consultation with Dr. Obi!
Silicone gel filled implants were introduced in the U.S. in 1962 and discontinued in 1992 because of design flaws, leakages, ruptures and health concerns. At that time, Dr. Lewis Obi was one of the few plastic surgeons in the U.S. with extensive experience using saline filled breast implants. Since 1992, significant improvements have been made with silicone gel implants and they were released for general use again in 2007. Silicone gel filled breast implants are now the implant of choice for most patients.
The saline breast implant is filled with a saline solution, (biological-concentration salt water 0.90% w/v of NaCl, ca. 300 mOsm/L.) and was first manufactured by the Laboratoires Arion company, in France. Saline breast implants were introduced for use as a prosthetic medical device in 1964. The contemporary models of saline breast implant are manufactured with thicker, room-temperature vulcanized, (RTV) shells made of a silicone elastomer.
Up until 1992 when the silicone gel implants were removed from the market, very few plastic surgeons used the saline filled devices. However, Dr. Obi had anticipated problems with the older silicone gel implants and was one of the first plastic surgeons in the U.S. to use the French manufactured saline filled implants. In fact, his experience with saline breast implants was presented at the national plastic surgery meeting as early as 1975. This led to Dr. Obi’s adoption of the peri areolar (nipple) incision which facilitated placement of the implant behind the chest wall muscles. In Dr. Obi’s hands, the areolar incision almost always avoids noticeable scars, nipple numbness, rippling and breast mound asymmetries. Deflation rates are also much lower than the national average and breast feeding has not been a problem with Dr. Obi’s areolar incision technique.