Dr. Michael Halls is a breast augmentation specialist and board certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years in active practice. At La Jolla Breast Institute, he offers a full range of breast implant options and can guide you in making the implant choice that best matches your cosmetic goals.
Please contact us online or call La Jolla Breast Institute today at (858) 458-0100 to schedule your breast augmentation consultation.
About Breast Implants
While implants are most immediately associated with a change in size, there are a number of other qualities that are essential components in determining your breast augmentation results.
All implants have a silicone outer shell, but may be filled with a sterile saltwater solution (saline breast implants), silicone gel or form-stable cohesive silicone gel (gummy bear implants). There are pros and cons to each type of implant, and a variety of looks can be achieved with each as well.
- Saline implants can deliver consistently positive breast augmentation results in the right candidates, typically women who already have ample natural breast tissue. This extra coverage over the implant can help prevent the occurrence of visible rippling after surgery. A primary benefit of saline implants is that the necessary incisions can be quite small, as the implants are not filled until after placement. Saline implants are also the least expensive choice for breast enlargement.
- Silicone gel implants have a slightly thicker consistency compared to saline for a firmer, less liquid texture that carries a lower risk of leaks, ruptures or wrinkles. Currently the most popular choice for breast enlargement, silicone gel implants are used in the majority of breast augmentations performed today.
- Form stable gel implants are firmer than silicone gel, although not as firm as the gummy candies they’re nicknamed after. Gummy bear implants are anatomically shaped, allowing for very natural-looking results when used in implant-based breast reconstruction as well as cosmetic augmentation. Gummy bear implants carry a lower risk of early onset capsular contracture compared to silicone gel, but require a slightly larger incision as they’re Less deformable at time of insertion.
Breast implants can be either round or anatomically shaped. Round implants can create more upper pole fullness through the top of the breast, while anatomical implants are teardrop-shaped like an organic breast: narrower at the top, and fuller at the bottom.
The profile of a breast implant determines the level of projection. Low profile implants are wider and high profile implants have more forward projection. Choice of implant profile is determined not only by your personal preference, but also by your anatomy. For example, a woman with a wider breast base diameter measurement requires a wider implant as well.
Visiting our patient photo gallery to see real women before and after undergoing breast augmentation surgery can give you a better idea of what kind of results you can expect from different implant types, shapes and profiles. You can also find answers to commonly asked questions about breast enlargement in our Breast Augmentation FAQs.
Breast Implant Pricing
The cost of breast implants varies depending on the manufacturer and type of implant being used. Saline implants are the most economical choice and form stable implants are the most expensive, while silicone gel implants fall somewhere in between. Your total costs for breast augmentation will include your implants as well as Dr. Halls’ surgical fee, the cost for the surgical facility, and anesthesiologist fees. After your consultation Dr. Halls’ staff will discuss surgical costs with you, including information about procedures that may be allowed by your insurance plan or are self-pay, so you can make an informed decision before moving forward.
Recovery & Results
Because breast implants come in such a wide range of choices, an equally wide range of final results is possible as well. Dr. Halls works closely with you to understand your hopes and expectations for surgery, taking your personal preferences and unique anatomy into account before recommending the breast implants he feels will best meet your needs.