Saline Breast Implants

Farbod Esmailian | Plastic Surgery

Saline Breast Implants Orange CountyIf you are thinking of implants for breast augmentation or reconstruction, you should first give a good thought to the kinds of breast implants available. Breast implants are available in two varieties, silicone-gel and saline ones, with the latter in use for a longer time than the former. Saline breast implants have a shell made of silicone with saltwater solution inside the implant. Though there are pre-filled ones, most often they are filled with saline water during the breast augmentation surgery.

The sterile solution should also adhere to the regulations set by the United States Pharmacopeia of Normal Physiological Salinity. The other type of breast implant is composed of silicone gel and is chosen by women who want a more natural shape to their breasts. The gummy bear, which is a new-generation silicone-based implant, is preferred for its tear-drop shape and longevity.

Saline vs other implants

When a saline implant ruptures, you can detect it very easily and can take corrective action. In case of a silicone implant rupture, the gel stays within and the breast continues to look the same. There is a disadvantage to this, because it becomes difficult to know that there is a rupture. The FDA recommendations state that women with silicone gel implants need to get regular MRIs done to ascertain there are no ruptures. Incisions made for saline breast implants are smaller than those done for silicone-gel implants. This is one reason many women choose saline implants. From some surgeons’ perspective, women with very little breast tissue, seeking augmentation should opt for a gel implant, because of its more natural feel.

Armed with the knowledge of the many types of breast implants available, your next step would be to schedule a consultation with an experienced surgeon. You could always go to  Dr. Farbod Esmailian who practices in the Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA areas. He is a double board certified plastic surgeon with expertise in breast reduction, breast lift and breast augmentation procedures.

Talk to your surgeon

After an examination of your breast by way of charts and getting to know your medical history, the doctor will explain the procedure of inserting implants. The plastic surgeon will also tell you about the costs involved in breast augmentation surgery, the surgeon’s fees and anesthesia charges. Saline breast implants are not as expensive as gummy bears or the previous generation silicone implants. You should also ask your surgeon if a breast lift procedure will be performed along with breast augmentation to provide shape to your breasts. A breast lift procedure can be performed with both breast reduction and augmentation, but you will incur additional charges.

Surgical procedure

The surgery involves making incisions on any of these areas: your nipple region, under the arms or the infra-mammary fold, the point where the chest and the breast meet. It may take a week or so for you to fully recuperate, but the full results of breast augmentation will only begin to show anywhere between three months and a year.

For more information on procedures and treatments Plastic Surgeon, Dr Farbod Esmailian performs in and around Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA please visit:

Silicone Breast Implants

Farbod Esmailian | Plastic Surgery


Silicone Breast Implants Orange CountyCosmetic surgeries have put women on the same pedestal as Greek Goddesses, look-wise. While natural beauty has always been applauded, the results of a plastic surgery don’t go unappreciated either. Breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, these are some common surgeries that women undergo to enhance the appearance of their breasts. While undergoing a breast augmentation surgery, a common dilemma women face is, what implants to choose. Let us have a look at what silicone breast implants have to offer.

Silicone implants and their advantages

These implants are made of an exterior silicone shell which contains silicone gel. Usually, silicone implants come with three layers of shell, so as to prevent it from leakage. The additional layers give it a firmer feel when compared to other implants. What makes it a popular choice, is the fact that its texture and consistency match that of human fat, due to which, they feel way more natural than saline ones. Also, the likeliness of ripples or creases appearing under the breasts, is a lot lesser, when it comes to silicone implants. Silicone implants are especially suitable for women with lesser breast tissue. And in case the implant deflates, the silicone won’t get absorbed by the body unlike saline implants.

Another variation of silicone implants that is popular, is gummy bear implants. These implants have an edge over traditional implants as they maintain their form and structure, even when the shell is not present. So, in case, a rupture occurs, the implants won’t lose their shape. Dr. Farbod Esmailian, who caters to patients in Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA, says that, gummy bear implants have a much firmer texture feel than other implants. Also, they bring down the occurrence of wrinkling, which adds to its benefits.

Silicone implants surgical procedure

Silicone implants require for the surgeon to make incisions that are a tad bit longer than the ones needed for saline implants. The patient is administered general anesthesia before the surgery begins. The plastic surgeon starts out by making an incision in the breasts, under-arms, or around nipple area. The incision location depends on the implant size and the patient’s body. The surgeon then places the implant in the pocket, either above, or below the chest muscles, after which he stitches up the incision.

The breasts are covered in gauze after surgery. The doctor may ask you to wear a surgical compression garment, for the next few days. In case drainage tubes have been attached, they will be taken off in the next couple of days. You will be advised to stay off heavy duty lifting or exercise for about six weeks following surgery. In case you experience discomfort, the surgeon may provide pain-killers to deal with the pain. Although you will notice surgical scars and swelling in the operated area, it will reduce over time. Go in for an MRI after about three years from the time of the surgery, and for regular scans thereafter, about once in two years. This is to keep a tab on implants, in case it experiences a silent rupture.

For more information on procedures and treatments Plastic Surgeon, Dr Farbod Esmailian performs in and around Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA please visit:

Gummy Bear Breast Implants

Farbod Esmailian | Plastic Surgery

Gummy Bear Breast Implants Orange CountyEver heard of the gummy bear? No, not the candy, but the breast implant that goes by the same name. For the uninitiated, the gummy bear is an FDA-approved implant that is used in a breast augmentation procedure. It is an implant sought after by many women because of the natural look it lends. Earlier, breast implants were mostly categorized into two types: silicone gel implants and saline-based implants.

Great shape

The gummy bear is a new-generation of silicone implants, but composed of silicone which is denser. Gummy bear implants are known for their tear-drop shape and are closest in resemblance to the natural breast. If you live in Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA, you could meet plastic surgeon Dr Farbod Esmailian for a consultation. The double board certified plastic surgeon handles procedures involving breast lift, breast reduction and breast augmentation.

How is the gummy bear different?

Gummy bear breast implants are firmer than the other kinds of implants and manufacturers claim that they don’t leak when ruptured and are safer. The previous generation silicone gel implants had liquid silicone which would leak out upon rupture and were messier. Saline breast implants, on the other hand, are empty shells which are implanted under the chest tissue and later filled with a saltwater solution. Owing to an FDA ban on silicone implants for breast augmentation surgeries, saline was the most popular choice till 2006.

The incision required to insert silicone breast implants is bigger, and an operation to remove the implant if there is any leakage is also a big one. Saline implants, on the other hand, pose no harm in case of leaks, because the salt water is absorbed by the body.

Surgical procedure

Your surgeon, Dr Farbod Emailian, will explain how breast augmentation surgery is performed and the care you need to take after surgery.  Anesthesia is administered to a patient who will undergo breast augmentation surgery, which involves making cuts either under the breast, arm or in the nipple region. Breast lift is performed in combination with either breast augmentation or breast reduction surgeries. A breast lift will not change the size of the breast but enhances its shapeliness.


The final results of the surgery will begin to show anywhere between three months and a year. The gummy bear implants will start to settle down or drop at the third or fourth week, but regular visits to your surgeon will help you stay more updated on your progress.

Impact on your wallet

The factors that will play a role in the overall cost of breast augmentation surgery are the surgeon’s fees, hospital charges and anesthesia fee. Another crucial aspect is the cost of silicone breast implant vis-a-vis saline implant. The former is more expensive than saline ones, and gummy bears are the most expensive.

You should also see if warranties are available as part of your breast augmentation package because they will save you extra costs at a later date. You can gain some warranties free upon purchase of breast implants, so check with the manufacturer or your surgeon, Dr Farbod Esmailian. If you are from any of the California’s regions such as Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, you could get in touch with his office for financing options as well.


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