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  • Plastic Surgery at Rhode Island Hospital

  • Breast Implants

  • Breast implants are available both for patients who have undergone trauma to the breast area, including mastectomy, and for patients who request services for purely cosmetic reasons.

    What are the implants made of?

    All breast implants are made of a bag of silicone rubber filled with either saline (water with a little salt) or silicone gel, which has now been declared safe by the FDA.

    What kind of implants do you use?

    The saline filled implants have certain advantages which make them the best choice for most cosmetic augmentations. But now the gel filled implants are available for those patients needing them.

    How are the implants inserted?

    They can be placed through the crease under the breast, the edge of the areola (the darker skin around the nipple), or through the armpit. Some doctors use the umbilicus (belly button) as a fourth option. About 80% of all implants in this country are placed through the crease under the breast, but it is entirely up to the patient.

    What does "under the muscle" mean?

    The pectoralis muscle is often used to cover the implants, so as to improve their shape and make them less noticeable.

    What kind of anesthesia is used for this operation?

    Our center uses local anesthesia with sedation. This means that an IV is started, and that's all you would remember until afterwards. The patient is sound asleep during the operation even though not under general anesthesia-there is no breathing tube necessary. Waking up and going home afterwards is quite easy and safe.