Breast Augmentation Information
Weight of Breast Implants
What weighs more, saline or silicone breast implants? The prevailing notion is that saline breast implants weigh more than silicone breast implants. However, this is not true. Although the true clinical significance of the difference in weights is debatable, it is important to set the record straight.
Implants are measured by volume, or cc (cubic centimeters). One cc of saline weighs 0.032 oz whereas one cc of silicone weighs 0.037 oz. If considering a 300cc implants that would be 9.6 oz for a saline implant and 19.2 oz for a pair. For silicone, a 300 cc implant would weigh 11.1 oz, and a pair would be 22.2 oz. So for 300cc implants, the difference in weight between saline and silicone implants would be 3 oz (or .18 lbs). So although the difference in weight is not significant, the fact of the matter is that silicone implants do weigh more than saline implants, which should be obvious by holding similar sized saline and silicone implants in each hand.Breast Implants Dimensions
Most patients only know one number that is associated with breast implants, and that is the size or volume. Breast implant sizes are measured in cc, or cubic centimeters, and one cc = one ml (milliliter). However, our Los Angeles Breast Surgeon Dr. Dadvand considers several other factors when guiding patients on their implant size selections. The three categories are volume, base diameter, and projection. Base diameter refers to how wide the breast implant is. This is perhaps the most important number to respect when deciding on an implant. If choosing a breast implant that is wider than the woman’s own natural breast width, unnatural or un-proportional outcomes may result. The projection refers to how much the implant, well, projects outward from the chest.
Breast implants come in different profiles, such as Moderate, Moderate Plus, and High Profile. For any given volume of a breast implant, as you go from Moderate to Hugh Profile, the implant will have a smaller base diameter, and more projection. This allows the plastic surgeon more flexibility to tailor the implant to the patient.
In selecting the proper implant for a patient, multiple factors need to be considered. Among these are the patient’s breast tissue and skin elasticity. Despite having all of these variables at our disposal, the best implant is still going to be the one that satisfies a woman’s size desires, but also adheres to the woman’s anatomy. If you are interested in breast augmentation, come see Dr. Dadvand. He will go through all of the factors involved in selecting the best breast implant for you.What to expect right after your breast implant surgery
Your breast implant surgery is done. Now it’s time for the recovery. What should you expect? Here is a list of five things you should be aware of during your recovery.
- 1. Take pain medicine of you need it. That is what it’s for. Most patients require pain medication for 3-5 days.
- 2. You may feel the sensation of pressure on your chest. This can cause anxiety in some patients. If you are feeling this, the klonopin that Dr. Dadvand prescribed will help much more than the pain medication.
- 3. Your implants will look high on your chest. That is normal. The implants will eventually settle into position over the next few months as you perform breast massages and the pectoralis muscle relaxes.
- 4. You might hear some sloshing or gurgling sounds coming from your breasts. Don’t worry, this is not uncommon and is due to air and fluid within the implant pocket that the body will absorb. This takes a couple of weeks.
- 5. Begin breast massages when you are 1 week out from surgery. This will help keep your breasts soft and will help the implants settle down.
If you have any questions regarding breast surgery recovery, feel free to contact our breast implants expert in Los Angeles, Dr. Dadvand.