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Breast Implants

Types of Breast Implants Palm Springs Plastic Surgeon | Rancho Mirage CABreast augmentation cosmetic surgery is an increasingly popular procedure designed to enhance the size and fullness of breasts in proportion to the rest of the body. One of the key decisions that a cosmetic surgeon must take in consultation with the patient is to choose the right type of breast implants to match the patient’s unique aesthetic goals.

The choice of implants in breast augmentation plastic surgery will have an impact on the final results. Therefore, the patients should be aware of various implant options and make an appropriate decision to match with their needs. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is an experienced plastic surgeon providing breast implant surgery to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

Broad Classification

In breast augmentation cosmetic surgery, the types of implants can be broadly classified as saline implants and silicone implants. During the initial consultation, the cosmetic surgeon will explain the pros and cons of both types of breast implants to help the patient make an informed choice.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are considered the traditional implants that are filled with a saline solution. These implants are designed to provide a uniform shape, firmness, and feel. The implants have been approved by the FDA for women in the age group of 18 and above.

Saline implants may be chosen as a part of breast augmentation plastic surgery for their key benefits such as high biocompatibility. In case of an implant damage or leakage, the saline solution will get naturally absorbed by the body, and pose no health risk to the patient.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are a popular choice among patients due to their superior aesthetic advantages. These implants are filled with silicone gel, which has a higher consistency and mimics the touch and feel of natural breast tissue quite closely.

The FDA has approved silicone breast implants for women in the age group of 22 and above. New advanced qualities of silicone implants are very safe due to the highly cohesive nature of the silicone gel. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other areas for breast implant surgery.

Form Stable Breast Implants

Form stable breast implants are also popularly called gummy bear implants because of their highly cohesive silicone gel core. These implants maintain their form and shape due to the higher gel consistency. Furthermore, if the implant shell is damaged, broken or cut, the silicone gel will not leak to other areas of the body.

This makes them a safe choice that is widely accepted by the patients today. The cost of gummy bear implants is likely to be a little higher as compared to traditional saline implants, but the aesthetic appeal and long term patient satisfaction is significantly higher with these implants in most cases.

Breast implants are also classified according to their size, shape, profile, and texture. Typical sizes available in implants range from 120cc to 960cc. Shapes can be round or tear drop, depending on the patient’s aesthetic needs.

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Breast Implants -Your Choices

Dr. Suzanne M. Quardt, or Dr. Q as she is known to her patients, is an aesthetic fellowship trained, board certified plastic surgeon. She provides state of the art cosmetic surgery procedures for the breast, body and face at her Rancho Mirage office. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas have an opportunity to receive advanced surgical procedures from Dr. Q. She has earned a number of recognitions for her contributions as a cosmetic surgeon. She has also been featured in national publications such as New Beauty Magazine and Plastic Surgery Practice.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation surgery has become one of the most sought after cosmetic surgery procedures in recent years. With improved qualities of breast implants, it is possible to achieve fuller breasts with a natural look and feel. Dr. Q provides both saline and silicone gel breast implant options to her patients and helps them make appropriate choices according to their aesthetic needs.

Breast augmentation is not only useful from a cosmetic perspective to enhance the size of breasts, but it may also help restore breasts following a mastectomy or breast tissue injury. Moderate conditions of asymmetrical breasts may also be corrected with breast implants. Patients in and around Palm Springs and Palm Desert can receive breast implant surgery from Dr. Q using the latest qualities of implants.

Breast Lift

For some women, the breast size may be appropriate, but the breasts may droop heavily due to aging, heredity, gravity, weight loss or other factors. In such cases, breast lift surgery may be an effective way to raise the breasts to make them appear firmer and more youthful. If the nipples are pointing downwards, the plastic surgeon may reposition the nipples and areolas to a more appropriate location.

In some cases, Dr. Q may recommend a combination of breast augmentation and breast lift surgery for her patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas. Breast lift surgery may also be used to reduce the size of areolas if they have become excessively enlarged.

Silicone vs Saline Implants

Saline implants are filled with a saline solution, while silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. Both types of implants are FDA approved and used widely by patients looking to enhance their breast appearance with plastic surgery. Saline implants have an advantage that in case of implant rupture, the saline solution is naturally absorbed in the body because it is a biocompatible filler. However, the look, touch, and feel of saline implants may not appeal to some patients who are looking for more aesthetic results.

As an experienced cosmetic surgeon for breast implants, Dr. Q recommends advanced qualities of silicone implants in such cases. The advantage with silicone implants is that they mimic the natural breast tissue more closely in look, touch, and feel. Dr. Q has introduced highly cohesive gel based Sientra silicone implants to her patients in Palm Springs and Palm Desert.

These advanced quality implants are very safe because the silicone gel contained in the implant is so highly viscous that it does not seep through the implant shell even in the case of an implant rupture. Highly cohesive gel makes the implant aesthetically superior and safer at the same time. Only trained or board certified plastic surgeons can get access to Sientra implants. Dr. Q makes sure that her patients receive only FDA approved implant qualities for long term effectiveness and safety.

Other Implant Types

Sientra implants are based on Gummy Bear implant technology, which makes use of highly cohesive silicone gel for best results. Dr. Q makes an endeavor to provide the latest, proven, and cutting-edge technologies to her patients so that they can achieve desired outcomes in the most effective ways. Sientra is one of the latest introductions at Dr. Q’s office.

The other quality of implants available with Dr. Q is Allergan Natrelle. Natrelle breast implants are produced by Allergan, Inc., which is a renowned, California-based company producing innovative medical products and devices, including Botox and Juvederm dermal filler. Allergan Natrelle is an advanced cohesive gel implant that Dr. Q provides at her practice.


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