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The Major Differences Between Saline and Silicone Breast Implants

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Deciding to enhance your breasts by undergoing breast augmentation is only the first of many decisions you will have to make. Along with the size of the implant, you will decide on the shape as well where and how the implant is placed. You will also have to choose the fill of your implant. When it comes to your breast implants, you have two options: saline and silicone.

How Breast Augmentation Can Enhance Your Feminine Figure

How Breast Augmentation Can Enhance Your Feminine Figure

If you’re feeling self-conscious about your body and have lost your feminine curves after pregnancy or weight loss, consider the benefits of breast augmentation surgery. Many women who get breast implants experience a boost in self-confidence. If you have always wanted shapelier, larger, or more symmetrical breasts, a breast augmentation can help provide you with your ideal figure.

Here are some ways a breast augmentation procedure can enhance your feminine shape:

Solving the Confusion Behind Breast Augmentation

Benien2Whether people are gossiping about the latest celebrity rumors or trying to decide if it’s right for them, breast augmentation is clearly the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States. However, with all the rumors and misconceptions floating around, there is still a lot of confusion about certain aspects of the procedure. Today, I’m here to clear things up.

Saline and Silicone implants are very different from eachother.

Probably the most noticeable difference is that silicone looks and feels more natural than the saline implants because of the silicone gel’s similarity to breast tissue. It is also less likely for silicone to ripple, however, if a saline implant ruptures, it is easily flushed from your body, which is made up of 60% saline. Silicone can be hard to remove from your body if an implant ruptures (though the new MemoryShape silicone implants have been shown not to rupture over a six year clinical study). Overall, especially with the new advances, silicone implants are the more popular decision and have improved immensely in safety which has made them the more common choice over the cheaper saline implants.

Breast implants do NOT increase the risk of you getting breast cancer!

Let’s just get this one out of the way in the beginning. Breast implants do not make you any more susceptible to breast cancer. However, it is important that you inform Dr. Benien if there has been a significant history of breast cancer in your family so that he can work best with you to avoid any complications.

Implants do NOT interfere with mammograms.

Despite popular belief, there is no interference caused by the implants, though a few more x-rays may be necessary in order to see around the implant.

Stretch marks are NOT common with implants.

Don’t worry. Stretch marks are not common with breast augmentations, however, there is a slight chance if you are going for one of the larger cup sizes depending on your skin.

Implants will NOT cause sagging.

Interestingly enough, breast implants are far more resistant to sagging than your natural breast tissue. If you don’t have a lot of breast tissue when adding an implant, you will almost never have to be concerned about sagging. If however you had a good amount of breast tissue to begin with, normal sagging will occur with age.

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If you have been considering a breast augmentation, board certified Dr. Paul Benien would love to discuss your various options with you and clear up any further confusion. Here at the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Oklahoma, we believe in keeping our patients informed to ensure an absolutely pleasing and rewarding experience.

New MemoryShape Breast Implants Make their Way to New Breast Augmentation Patients

Mentor Worldwide LLC’s revolutionary new silicone implants approved for women 22 years old and up.

Good news for all of you ladies out there who have been considering a breast augmentation! The FDA recently approved Mentor’s new MemoryShape silicone implants late last month.

The implants have been clinically studied over the past six years among 955 breast augmentation and reconstruction patients without any so-called “adverse events” such as rupture. The FDA’s approval of the implants was said to be based on this six-year study, which is set to go on for four more years.

Following the FDA’s approval, there are now at least five silicone gel-filled breast implants that have been made available to the United States.

What does that mean for future procedures?

Well, for one, the new shaped implants definitely offer women more choices. While they are directed more towards older patients or those undergoing breast reconstruction, they are also great for younger women who would like a more subtle and natural-looking result than the traditional round implants. Simply put, these implants offer each woman the exact results that she desires and open up the breast augmentation procedure to many more women.

We currently offer these implants by Mentor to our patients here at the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Oklahoma City. Call our board certified cosmetic surgeon Dr.Paul Benien, Jr. for a consultation to develop your own personalized approach for the exact style, profile, and size that you want.


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New MemoryShape Breast Implants Get FDA Green Light

implants-handWhen it comes to breast augmentation, one size (or shape) doesn't fit all. There are many different types of implants to choose from, and differences range from shape, size, the type of material it's filled with, and even where in your body they're placed. Well, a new type of implant has joined the family.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently gave the go-ahead to Mentor Worldwide LLC to sell their make of silicone implant, the MemoryShape, on the American market. The product has been approved for breast augmentation in women aged 22 or older, and for breast reconstruction surgery in women of any age. It's been available in other markets for years, but this is the first time it's been made available to American customers.

10 Year Study Leads to Approval

This approval stems on the ongoing 10-year study on the product, now in its sixth year. The study follows 955 reconstruction and augmentation patients, and in that time, the study has shown a low rate of "adverse effects," and the FDA is satisfied that there's a reasonable assurance of the product's safety as compared to other implants that have received the stamp of approval.

With MemoryShape on the market, there are now five FDA-approved silicone implants available in the U.S., as produced by three manufacturers: Allergan, Sientra, and of course, Mentor. This is only good news for the patient, as variety means more options, and competition means prices could even out a bit in the long run.

If you're interested in breast augmentation, the first thing on your to-do list isn't to pick out the implant you like best - it's to seek out a consultation with your surgeon, who can best advise you on what the best options are based on what you're looking for.

More Women Interested in Labiaplasty

shutterstock 62019616The last few months have brought stories of more and more men becoming interested in, or undergoing, cosmetic procedures. Despite that rising trend, there's no denying it - women are still cosmetic surgery's biggest clientele.


The common procedures that women elect to undergo include liposuction, tummy tucks, eyelid surgery, and breast augmentation. But according to Reuters, more and more women want to reshape another part of their body - their private parts.


Thousands of women undergo vaginal plastic surgery, or labiaplasty, every year. For some, it's a matter of sensation.

But is it worth it?

"Women come to me and say they don't have the urge to have sex anymore because they don't feel anything," an Atlanta-based plastic surgeon and gynaecologist told the news source. "I guarantee that if a man didn't feel anything, he wouldn't have sex either."


For others, the issue is aesthetics. Patients want their nethers to resemble those they've seen on television or the Internet. 


However, some critics argue that the risks outweigh the potential benefits, and that the procedures have not been proven to help regain the desired sensitivity, and can even reduce it if the procedure is performed improperly. Furthermore, these critics are concerned that women may harbor unrealistic expectations of what they "should" look like based representations in media.


If you're interested in labiaplasty, but are uncertain if you're a candidate for the procedure, be sure to contact a trusted, cosmetic surgeon who can answer all your questions and help you decide if the procedure is right for you. But above all, make sure you'd be doing it for the right reasons. Labiaplasty can help you feel more comfortable, and can improve self-confidence, but it shouldn't be entered into lightly just to conform to a preconceived notion of beauty.

Teenagers Are More Interested in Cosmetic Surgery

TeenagersOur teenage years are all about change; new hormones, hair in strange, new places, and the change in our bodies from childhood to adulthood is well underway. Yet, for many teens, this change isn't happening fast enough, or does not develop the way they would like it to. Some of these teens are choosing to speed up or fix the process with cosmetic surgery.

According to statistics, teen plastic surgery is on the rise. In 2011, over 230,000 procedures were performed on teens between 13 and19 years of age. The most popular surgical cosmetic procedure was rhinoplasty, with 33,000 cases, accounting for 14 per cent of all teenage procedures last year.

Adolescents opt for cosmetic procedures

Breast reduction in men (gynecomastia) was in second place, clocking in at 14,000 procedures (up six per cent from last year). Pubescent gynecomastia is somewhat common, and often temporary. Waiting for them to go away on their own can put young boys through some rough psychological stress, however.

Parental permission is required for anyone younger than 18 to undergo cosmetic surgery, but beyond that, there aren't really any guidelines regarding age. It's up to the parent, the teenage patient, and their doctor to fully understand the desires of the patient versus the risk of the procedure in question, and if their age or development is at all a factor.

If you're curious about cosmetic surgery for you or your teen, seek out the advice of a trusted surgeon with enough experience to know what you'd be getting into.

Other popular procedures among teens in 2011 include:

Photo Credit: Teen Advisory Committee-10 by Vancouver Public Library