Breast Augmentation FAQ
When contemplating a procedure like breast augmentation in Minneapolis-St. Paul, it’s common that patients have questions regarding their procedure. We’ve compiled a list of some frequently asked questions to help you. Are you interested in learning more about breast augmentation? Request a consultation online, or call 651-739-1100 to speak with one of our staff members today.
Silicone or Saline?
- 1. Cost
a. Saline implants are $900 per pair b. Silicone implants are $1800 a pair – the increased cost is due to the cost of the studies done over the last 15 years to determine their safety.
- 2. Incision Size
a. Saline implant incision size is 2 centimeters. The implant comes empty so it can be placed through a very small incision and then filled once it is in place. b. Silicone implant incision size is 4-5 centimeters. Since silicone implants are pre-filled, they require a larger incision size to place the implant without damaging it.
- 3. Palpability
a. Saline implants do not feel quite as natural as silicone implants. This is not an issue when there is adequate tissue to cover the implant. In very thin patients with minimal breast tissue, silicone may be a better choice. b. Silicone implants feel more like breast tissue. If you have adequate breast tissue to cover the implant, you are a candidate for either saline or silicone. If you are very thin with minimal breast tissue, silicone may be a better choice for you. c. Regardless of what type you choose, you will always be able to feel your implant. This is normal. Your partner will not likely feel the implant.
- 4. Knowledge of Rupture
a. Saline – If a saline implant ruptures, you will know because you will lose volume in that breast. The saline is absorbed by the body and will cause you no harm. b. Silicone – If a silicone implant ruptures, a great majority of patients will not know. This is because the silicone cannot pass through the capsule created by the body around the implant. The only way to tell will be through an imaging study such as a mammogram or an MRI. Although silicone implants have been studied extensively and are known to be safe, some patients have residual concerns about the silent rupture of a silicone implant. If this is your concern, saline may be a better choice for you.
Above or Below the Muscle?
The incision below the breast is not visible to you or others and is the most direct approach to space above or below the muscle. It is my preferred incision. The armpit and areolar incision will be visible to you and others while healing. Usually, they fade to a fine line when healed. However, they may have permanent pigmentation following healing resulting in continued visibility to you and others. The umbilical incision is quite a distance from the breast and although it has been used successfully if a complication such as bleeding should arise, the incision below the breast will be used to treat the complication, since visibility will be better.