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Types of Breast Implants
Thursday, December 22, 2016

There are now three FDA approved choices when choosing breast implants: saline, silicone, and gel.  What’s the difference?

Saline implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline).  They are the least expensive and require the smallest incision.  If a saline implant leaks, the water is not harmful to the body.

Silicone implants are silicone shells filled a plastic gel (silicone).  Silicone implants feel more like natural breast tissue.  However, there is a greater risk if the implant should leak.  Women with silicone implants will require routine MRIs or ultrasounds to assess the condition of the implants.

Gel implants, also called gummy bear implants, are also silicone shells filled with a plastic gel.  A gel implant is filled with a thicker gel that retains its shape even if the shell is broken.  They are tear-drop shaped, looking and feeling more natural, and they rarely wrinkle.  Gel implants do require a slightly longer incision for insertion.

Mangat - Holzapfel - Lied Plastic Surgery offers all three options.  Contact us today for a complimentary breast augmentation consultation.

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Dr. Holzapfel has been selected for Top Doctors in Cincinnati, the prestigious list of peer-voted distinction, each year since 2013.



In her practice of plastic surgery, Dr. Lied is particularly interested in body contouring, facial rejuvenation and breast reconstruction.

Top-rated, board-certified facial plastic surgeons and board-certified plastic surgeons in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, offering eyelifts, browlifts, facelifts, breast implants and breast reductions, rhinoplasty, reconstruction after cancer or trauma, liposuction, CoolScultping, Fraxel, Botox, Dysport, peels and fillers such as Restylane, Radiesse and Juvederm, and other procedures to refresh and renew your appearance.   Voted Best Doctors 2015-2016