Choosing the Right Option for You

Many patients are hesitant and confused when it comes to choosing between either saline or silicone Implants. Over the years there has been much controversy regarding the material of breast implants. At Dr. Suzanne Yee’s office in Little Rock, Arkansas, we advise our patients on what type of breast implant will work best for them.

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Silicone and saline implants have unique characteristics that can achieve different results.

About Saline Implants

Saline implants are composed of a silicone elastomer outer shell and filled with saline water, or sterile water. At Dr. Suzanne Yee’s Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, we use the most advanced techniques to insert cosmetic implants

to give our patients the best results. During breast augmentation procedures using saline implants, the empty shell is folded and inserted either over or under the pectoral muscle.  After the placement is achieved, the implant shell is then filled with saline until the desired volume is obtained.

The ideal candidate for saline breast implants is someone 18 years or older, with a 

substantial amount of breast tissue.

How do saline implants feel?

  • May feel firmer than silicone implants
  • May notice the outer edge of the shell or valve when touched

How do saline implants look?

  • Natural shape
  • Soft to the touch
  • Possible rippling
  • Scalloping of implant edge

What happens when saline implants rupture?

  • Deflation will occur within minutes or hours
  • Immediate knowledge of rupture
  • Saline is safely absorbed into the body
  • Shell may be easily removed

About Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are composed of an elastomer silicone outer shell, and filled with silicone gel. Silicone implants were taken off of the market in 1991, and were reintroduced in 2006. At Dr. Yee’s office in Little Rock, Arkansas, Dr. Yee offers the most advanced, FDA-approved implants on the market. During the procedure, the silicone implant is pushed through the incision opening. The implant may be placed either over or under the muscle.The ideal candidate for saline breast implants is someone 21 years or older, with less breast tissue.

How do silicone implants feel?

  • Softer, more natural feel
  • Implant is typically undetectable to the touch

How do silicone implants look?

  • Round shape
  • More natural appearance
  • Sit higher on the chest

What happens when silicone implants rupture?

  • Implant may take a substantial amount of time to deflate
  • Rupture may go undetected until late stages of deflation
  • If left undetected, silicone may leak into surrounding breast tissue
  • Implants should be removed, or removed and replaced as soon as possible

At Dr. Suzanne Yee’s Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Center, in Little Rock, Dr. Yee is committed to giving her patients the best result while also incorporating their wants and needs. During a consultation with Dr. Yee, she will advise her patients on which implant type is best suitable.

Dr. Yee also uses advanced techniques and methods to give her patients the optimal breast augmentation experience. At our surgery center in Little Rock, Arkansas, Dr. Yee uses the Keller Funnel to insert silicone implants. Dr. Yee also advises her patients on the Rapid Recovery Method. This new, advanced method allows her patients to return to normal activities only a few days after breast augmentation procedure.

Dr. Suzanne Yee

Suzanne Yee, MD

Dr. Suzanne Yee is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon in Little Rock, AR, who offers a wide variety of surgical and non-invasive treatments. Dr. Yee is affiliated with several prestigious organizations. Her memberships include:

  • Fellow of American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Fellow of American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
  • Fellow of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellow of American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc.
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

To schedule a consultation at our state-of-the-art surgical center, please contact us online or call (501) 224-1044.

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