Which Type of Breast Implant Is Right For You (Silicone vs. Saline)?

The two types of breast implants are saline and silicone. This means that your breast implant, or the sac that is surgically placed under your breast tissue, is filled with either saline or silicone gel. Depending on your overall goals for feeling and look — you must decide which implant is right for you.

In your consultation with Dr. O’Neill, he will discuss in detail the difference and how he can meet your body image goals. In the meantime, we’ve put together some quick information to help you make more informed decisions.

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Silicone Gel Breast Implants

  • FDA Approved
  • Feels More Natural
  • Predictable Results With Set Fill Volume
  • Two Shell Surface Options (Smooth vs. Textured)
  • Three Profiles – Moderate, Moderate Plus, and High Profile

Saline Filled Breast Implants

  • FDA Approved
  • Filled with Saltwater Solution
  • Slightly Firmer Than Silicone Gel
  • Placed in the Body Without Fluid, Then Filled to the Predetermined Size
  • Two Shell Surface Options (Smooth vs. Textured)
  • Three Profiles – Moderate, Moderate Plus, and High Profile
  • Size Can Be Adjusted For Up To Six Months After Surgery (with adjustable saline implant line)

Schedule A Consultation in Charleston Today!

If you are considering breast implants, it is important to know all of your options. Visit Dr. O’Neill and his expert plastic surgery team to discuss your breast augmentation questions, concerns, and end goals. Our office is conveniently and privately located on Daniel Island in Charleston, SC. Call today at 843-881-2130 or contact us online.

Breast Augmentation Vs. Breast Lift

Many women are interested in enhancing the contours of their body using breast surgery. Breast augmentation is our most popular procedure by far, but some women may find that breast lifts can give them what they’re looking for. Dr. O’Neill performs both procedures in our Charleston, SC plastic surgery clinic, but we wanted to go through the basics to help you narrow down your options.

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These are two separate procedures performed for two different reasons, but they can be combined into one surgery to see the benefits of both, described below.

Breast Augmentation

Procedure - Breast augmentation is the procedure used to increase the size of a woman’s breasts using implants. Dr. O’Neill uses small, easily hidden incisions below, to the side, or through the nipple (depending on your needs) to insert an implant of the desired size. Augmentation should not be performed when a woman wants to only correct sagging breasts.

Recovery - After surgery, patients should accept pain, soreness, and swelling for a few weeks, but most woman can return to work and light activity in a matter of days. Lifting is typically restricted for up to six weeks after surgery. Scars from surgical incisions should fade over the course of a year.

Results – After swelling has gone down, women can expect an enhanced, larger appearance at their desired cup size.

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Breast Lift

breast lift patient charleston scProcedure – To correct sagging and improve the position and shape of breasts, the breast lift procedure should be selected. Dr. O’Neill performs these lifts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding skin and tissue. Breast lifts can also reduce an enlarged areola. Breast lifts do not increase the size of small breasts.

Recovery - Swelling and discomfort should be expected for the first month after surgery. The incisions are sometimes different depending on the degree of lifting required as well, but incisions should fade over the course of a year.

Results – Women can expect breasts to be raised and firmed with the procedure. The new breast contour and shape should refine after 1 to 3 months with healing.

Schedule A Consultation Today!

Are you interested in either of these procedures, or both? Give our plastic surgery team a call at 843-881-2130 or contact us online. Our office is conveniently located in Charleston, SC on Daniel Island.

 

Get Ready For Bikini Season With A Breast Augmentation

It may seem way too early, but in terms of plastic surgery, it is time to start thinking about summer and beach season! If you’re uncomfortable with how you look and feel in your bathing suit — you may want to consider plastic surgery. A breast augmentation can be an easy way to feel more confident about your body while looking great in a bikini.

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Why Get Breast Implants Now?

So you’re thinking — it’s not time to worry about looking good in a bikini yet! That’s okay–but if you’re thinking about breast augmentation, it will take a few months for you to fully heal, so now is actually the best time to get implants. After your surgery, swelling, bruising, and tenderness will last about a month. With care and your follow-up appointments, you should be fully healed and feeling more comfortable within two months of your surgery.

Scars from breast augmentation are very minimal, hidden under the fold of the breast, under the arm, or in the nipple, and typically fade with time. Browse through our before and after images to see how breast augmentation affects the breasts!

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Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation Today!

If you’re interested in getting breast augmentation this spring call us today! Dr. O’Neill will walk you through the process of getting implants, as well as healing, to make sure we understand your expectations and goals. Call our plastic surgery office convenient located for you in Charleston, South Carolina at 843-881-2130 or contact us online

Top Questions To Ask Before You Get Breast Implants

Thinking of a getting a new look in 2015 with breast implants? Breast implants can improve a woman’s breast shape and size, breast proportions, body contours and proportions, and even self-confidence and the way that clothes fit. Even with all the benefits, we want all of our patients to be completely informed before making this life-changing decision. There are some questions that we field almost daily that we want to share with potential patients. breast implants charleston sc

Breast Implants FAQ

What Type Of Implants Do You Use?

We use silicone or saline implants, depending on the patients needs and expectations.

Will My Breast Implants Look and Feel Like Natural Breasts?

Most of our patients feel that silicone implants feel more like natural breasts than saline implants. Dr. O’Neill strives for the best augmentation procedure with natural looking and feeling results. View some before and after images of Dr. O’Neill’s patients in our before and after breast implant image gallery.

What Are Common Complications Associated With Breast Implants?

Typically, patients may be concerned with:

  • breast pain
  • changes or loss in breast/nipple sensation (temporary or permanent)
  • implant rupture
  • scar tissue

How Much Do Breast Implants Cost?

Costs are a huge factor of any plastic surgery procedure. They include surgeon’s fees, hospital costs, anesthesia fees, and more. Plasticsurgery.org cites that the average of cost is around $4,000, but it can vary depending on the your personal details and other costs listed.

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Scheduling a Consultation For Breast Implants

You may have other questions depending on your unique situation, like if your family has a history of breast cancer, concerns about pregnancy and breastfeeding, if you have another medical condition, or if you want to combine procedures with something else. Use these questions as a guide to think about other things you care about to ask during your breast implant consultation with Dr. O’Neill. To learn more about breast implants and to ask your own questions, schedule a consultation at our Charleston, SC plastic surgery clinic, conveniently located on Daniel Island. Call now at 843-881-2130 or contact us online.