One of the most important decisions you will make prior to your breast augmentation procedure is which type of breast implant you would like to have placed. St. Louis breast surgeon Dr. Richard Kofkoff offers both saline and silicone implants to meet the varied needs of each of our patients. The best way to learn which of these options is right for you is by discussing your goals and desires with Dr. Kofkoff during your initial consultation.
To schedule your breast augmentation consultation, please contact Richard L. Kofkoff, MD in Chesterfield today at (636) 532-1717. Our plastic surgeon serves clients throughout the St. Louis area including O'Fallon, Chesterfield and St. Charles, Missouri.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are filled after they have been placed. This allows Dr. Kofkoff to make smaller breast augmentation incisions and to adjust the size of your implants even after they are placed. Smaller incisions may help reduce the appearance of surgical scars. In addition, a deflation of a saline implant is easy to detect.
On the other hand, saline breast implants tend to look and feel less natural and may be more prone to cosmetic imperfections such as wrinkling and more frequent deflations. However, when placed below the muscles in the chest cosmetic imperfections may not be so easily noticeable.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants tend to look and feel more like natural breast tissue. Particularly with newer options such as form stable (gummy bear) breast implants, the look, feel, and response produced by silicone is much closer to natural breast tissue. Silicone breast implants are also less likely to have cosmetic imperfections such as rippling and palpability of the implants.
Dr. Kofkoff will need to make a slightly larger incision for silicone implants. Leaking of these implants is not as obvious as saline implants but there is no health risk if this should occur.
If you are interested in learning more about your breast implant options, please contact our board-certified plastic surgeon in Missouri today at (636) 532-1717 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Kofkoff proudly serves St. Louis and nearby areas of Missouri including Chesterfield, St. Charles and O'Fallon.