What are Breast Implants?

Breast implants are cosmetic devices used to enhance the size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts during a breast augmentation procedure. Breast implants come in a variety of materials, shapes, and sizes, allowing you to fully customize your procedure based on your concerns and aesthetic goals.

Types of Breast Implants

Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Nichter offer a variety of breast implant types including:


Saline implants are composed of sterile salt water and can be placed behind or in front of the chest muscle. Typically, a smaller incision is required for the placement of saline implants, and they can be filled to the desired size after placement. Incision placement might include around the areola, in the armpit, and through the belly button. Saline is completely safe to be absorbed by the body in the event of a rupture, and any deflation would be noticeable right away.


Silicone implants are composed of silicone gel with a feel and movement similar to the natural breast tissue. Silicone implants can come as round or shaped, and smoothed or textured. Silicone implants typically require a larger incision for placement, which can be made within the breast crease or around the areola. If you choose silicone implants, you may be required to have additional scans to ensure the structure of your implants, as a leak could go undetected.

Who Can Benefit from Breast Implants?

Breast implants can benefit you if you are bothered by:

  •         Naturally small breasts
  •         Volume loss with age or weight loss
  •         Changes to the breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding
  •         Asymmetrical breasts

While there are many different breast surgery techniques available, breast implants are a great solution if you want to dramatically enhance the size of your breasts. Breast implants can offer a subtle increase as well, allowing you to choose the size you want based on your body type, lifestyle, and aesthetic goals. The breast augmentation with implants is often combined with a breast lift for optimal improvements.


How Are Breast Implants Placed?

Breast implants are placed during a breast augmentation procedure. General anesthesia will be used to ensure your comfort during the process. The proper incisions will then be made, either around the areola, under the breast crease, or within the armpit. The chosen implant will then be placed within the breast pocket and the incisions are closed.

Recovery After Breast Implants

After surgery with breast implants, you can expect at least a week off work to properly recover. You will be asked to wear a surgical bra for several weeks in order to assist the healing process and support your new breasts. You should avoid movements that involve the chest muscles and avoid laying on your stomach to keep the pressure off your breasts. Swelling, bruising, and general discomfort can be expected for 1-2 weeks, but this can be managed with pain medication and the use of an ice pack. Strenuous activity should be avoided for several more weeks and you should not do anything that increases your discomfort.

Results of Breast Implants

It is important to be patient with your breast implant surgery results. At first, you may notice asymmetry, as your breasts may heal at different rates. The implants will sit higher on the chest at first, eventually settling under the skin and dropping to a more natural position on the chest. As swelling continues to diminish over the next several months, you can enjoy your new, enhanced breasts. While breast implants can last for up to 10 years or longer, they are not intended to last a lifetime. It is important to receive regular breast exams to ensure the structure and safety of your implants.

Your Consultation at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery

To learn more about your breast augmentation at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, contact our office and schedule your consultation. Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz are experts on the breast augmentation procedure and can help you choose the right techniques for your concerns and goals.