Breast Implant Options Fort Worth
If you are considering your options for breast augmentation, Fort Worth plastic surgeon Dr. Louis L. Strock has the knowledge and experience to help you select the best breast implants to suit your personal needs. Whatever your body type may be, Dr. Strock has the proven ability to ensure your results look natural and proportional, with the added option of having your implants placed with no incisions on your breasts, thanks to his expertise with transaxillary (armpit) incision breast augmentation.
Dr. Strock is a board-certified plastic surgeon (American Board of Plastic Surgery) who has achieved national and international recognition for his cosmetic breast surgery techniques. He has performed breast augmentation procedures live at plastic surgery education symposia in Miami (Baker Gordon Educational Symposia 2015, upcoming 2019), Atlanta (SEPRS Atlanta Breast Symposium 2015), Stockholm (Beauty Through Science 2018), and Montreal (Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2018). He will take the time to educate you on your options for breast implants — which include the “gummy bear” and various gel types, saline and multilumen saline implants, round or anatomic shapes, and smooth or textured surfaces — and he will help guide you to the options that best fit your needs. Dr. Strock offers a true choice of incision approach, ranging from transaxillary (armpit), inframammary (base of the breast), to periareolar (nipple) incision approaches, regardless of implant device type chosen. Dr. Strock has tremendous experience with all of these choices and is very comfortable in helping you to select the combinations that fit your preferences. He will work with you to make informed and confident choices that work for your body and your lifestyle.
If you would like to meet with Dr. Strock to discuss your breast implant options, please feel free to request a consultationrequest a consultation online, or call our office at (817) 335-1616 to schedule an appointment.
Silicone gel breast implants are the most popular choice for breast augmentation worldwide because of a more believable and natural feel that is similar to breast tissue. The most current generations of devices contain silicone gel that is more solid, also referred to as “cohesive gel.” All currently available silicone gel implants have cohesive gel, but they can differ in their consistency. Some are thicker, or more cohesive, depending on the device type and manufacturer. Additionally, some manufacturers will fill the device shell with more gel, also creating a tighter feel with varying degrees of softness. This is why it is important that you seek consultation with a
Dr. Strock and Gummy Bear Implants
Dr. Strock has extensive experience using the popular more highly cohesive silicone gel implants nicknamed “gummy bear” implants. Dr. Strock was amongst the first Plastic Surgeons to use “gummy bear” implants, beginning in 2001, when Dr. Strock’s practice served as a study site for clinical trials for the initial versions from Allergan and Mentor which had an anatomic or teardrop shape. Clinical trials are a critical part of the FDA approval process, and only a select group of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in breast augmentation was invited to participate in the initial “gummy bear”, or highly cohesive implant studies.
It’s important to note that the cohesive gel used in current breast implants is different than the thin liquid material that filled many earlier generations of silicone implants. It is also important to note that there is no industry standard for what represents a “gummy bear” implant. The thickest gel available now is called “highly cohesive,” which retains its shape even if removed from the outer shell. This group of devices, also known as “gummy bear” implants, tends to dictate shape to overlying breast tissue, which can be desirable for many patients. When you meet with Dr. Strock for your consultation, you can handle the various implant options to feel the differences between types of silicone gel implants.
“Dr. Strock is amazing!!!…He’s very knowledgeable about what implants will work for you according to your body and what size will look perfect.”
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Saline implants are an appropriate choice for some patients. Like silicone gel implants, they have a shell made of silicone, but are filled with medical grade saline solution. They are less expensive than silicone gel implants, and because they are filled after insertion, the incision is slightly smaller than what is needed for cohesive gel implants. Many patients find that saline implants feel somewhat less natural than silicone gel implants, and that the device edges can more often be felt beneath the skin of the breast. However, Dr. Strock offers all incision choices – including the transaxillary, or armpit incision – for all types of implants.
How Round Do You Want Your Breasts to Be? Natural or less natural?
You will be able to choose round breast implants that can give you a very natural or maybe less natural look, depending upon your preference. With the recently introduced types of breast implants, whether ultra soft, less soft, or even more firm, there are more choices than ever! That is a great situation as you pursue breast augmentation. And it is why it is more important than ever that your surgeon has expertise with many ways to place breast implants. And it is why it is more important than ever that your surgeon be an expert on use of many different breast implant types from multiple manufacturers! Each company has their respective combinations of gel softness and how tightly the implants are filled with those gel types. For example, once company may make a maximally thick “gummy bear” gel implant that is tightly filled and may simply feel too firm for many patients. Another company may have softer gel but have the device more tightly filled, resulting in a device that is soft overall but maybe not too soft. And variations from those and other manufacturers in between. Your result will depend on how those choices are made! These are exactly the types of issues that Dr. Strock will help you with so that you are comfortable with your planned procedure!!
Shaped implants can offer another option for some patients. Shaped implants are designed to mimic the breast’s natural teardrop shape, and create a sloped breast with more fullness at the bottom. Shaped implants also require specific planning and selection of device height. While many view shaped implants as more natural appearing because of the teardrop shape, they may or may not give a more natural appearing result, depending upon how much tissue is present over the device. You may choose round or shaped breast implants, depending on your cosmetic goals and your anatomy. These issues are reviewed in great detail during your personal consultation with Dr. Strock.
Moderate, Moderate Plus, or High Profile?
The profile of a breast implant is an important but sometimes misunderstood issue. This refers to how much the implant projects from the chest, and your ideal profile corresponds to the dimensions of your body and aesthetic goals. Both round and shaped device types are available in moderate, moderate plus or high profile versions. Higher profile devices will project more than moderate profile devices. If you seek a conservative, more natural appearing look, moderate and moderate plus devices are usually preferred. The thickness of the gel and how tightly filled the shell of the implant is filled will also determine the “functional profile” which can be more important than manufacturer labeling. For example, a more tightly filled “moderate plus” gel implant than a less highly filled “high profile” implant. The most cohesive “gummy bear” gel implants will generally appear more round in appearance. These issues will be addressed during your consultation with Dr. Strock.
Dr. Strock has extensive experience using most breast implant device types available. Below are examples of different profiles of smooth round cohesive silicone breast implants:
MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants
Allergan Natrelle Inspira Breast Implants
Mentor Memory Shape
For patients who seek to avoid silicone gel implants, saline implant technology has been redefined by this multilumen saline implant. Some patients suggest that this device type can mimic silicone gel implants and the way they feel.
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Smooth or Textured?
The surface of the implant shell can be either smooth or textured. Textured device surfaces have varying degrees of “roughness” depending upon manufacturer and device type. This can serve to stabilize the position of the implant, which can be helpful to avoid unwanted device movement in many patients. Textured, shaped, highly cohesive silicone gel “gummy bear” implants have been shown, in some studies, to have lower rates of implant firmness, or capsular contracture, compared with smooth devices. All shaped implants have a textured device shell that seeks to prevent them from rotating within the breast pocket. Dr. Strock will walk you through the advantages and drawbacks of both textured and smooth implants during your consultation.
While breast implant options can seem a bit overwhelming, Dr. Strock will help you arrive at a comfortable decision based on his extensive experience and access to the latest information and innovations. He will work with you to navigate all of your implant choices, and ultimately choose the right type, size, shape, and profile to create the results you’re seeking.