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Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, David P. Rapaport, MD has over 25 years of experience working with both silicone breast implants and saline breast implants. The NYC plastic surgeon has been a participant in the FDA Adjunct Study, which permitted silicone breast augmentation under certain, limited circumstances. Since late 2006, when the FDA gave its approval for the use of Silicone Breast Implants for cosmetic augmentation in all women over the age of 22, Dr. Rapaport’s use of silicone implants has been consistently rising.

Ideal Implants

The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant is a new, FDA-approved breast implant only available from about 250 doctors nationwide – including our office. Made to contour to the natural curves of the chest, this implant is made of saline instead of silicone in order to offer the natural look and feel that women desire. Its unique structure controls saline movement and supports the implant’s edges in a way that minimizes folding and wrinkling. What’s more, unlike silicone implants that can rupture silently, the rare rupture of an IDEAL IMPLANT is easy to spot simply by looking in the mirror. Read More >>

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Saline vs Silicone Breast Implants NYC | New York

Saline and Silicone Breast Implant Tradeoffs

Dr. Rapaport understands that many potential patients will respond to the approval of silicone breast implants by believing that silicone must be a better product — both because it is "new", and its arrival has been anticipated and praised by nearly all plastic surgeons. In fact, in the Board Certified Plastic Surgeon’s view, the issue is more complicated. As he explains, choosing the type of breast implant always involves trade-offs. These issues are discussed with each patient after she is examined in the doctor’s Manhattan, New York plastic surgery office.

In general, Dr. Rapaport recommends and uses saline breast implants in approximately 20-30% of his patients. As stated above, the choice of saline or silicone involves tradeoffs, and these are made on a patient by patient basis. The following generalizations may help a woman understand which implant may be best for her and what these tradeoffs are.

Now that we can choose between silicone breast implants, both round and shaped, as well as two kinds of saline implants, many patients are asking which type of breast implant is best for them.

The Ideal Implant - Saline | Dr. David P. Rapaport NYC

Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants | Dr. David P. Rapaport NYC

Saline vs Silicone Breast Implants NYC | New York

What are the advantages of Saline Breast Implants?

Saline implants offer several advantages. Firstly, because they are filled after being placed into the body, they are rolled up when inserted and can therefore be inserted through a smaller scar. Dr. Rapaport, who has pioneered the underarm approach for endoscopic placement of breast implants without any breast scar, typically can place saline implants via a scar that is less than one inch long and located in a preexisting underarm crease. Because this short scar can be hidden in a crease in many cases, even early after surgery there is a sense of there being no visible scar at all. Many patients both young and old derive great satisfaction from this fact.

Another advantage of saline implants can be summed up with the phrase, "peace of mind." While it is very clear, according to the FDA, that there is no cause and effect relationship between silicone and any disease outside of the breast, knowing that one’s breast implants are filled with sterile salt water doesn’t even require that convincing. When a saline implant ruptures, the sterile salt water is absorbed by the body and there need not be any concern regarding health risks. Furthermore, the replacement operation with saline is typically extremely straightforward, especially if the woman with a ruptured saline implant presents soon after the rupture for replacement. When a silicone implant ruptures, usually the scar tissue surrounding the implant must be removed with any silicone gel that is in the breast pocket, and this is commonly a much more involved operation. To complicate the equation further, saline implants (with the exception of the Ideal Implant, which seems to have a rupture rate below both silicone and traditional saline implants) actually rupture more frequently than silicone. Each patient will view this information differently as they make their choices.

Now that we are experienced with using the Ideal Implant, the decision is sometimes even more complex. Both the look and the feel of the Ideal Implant are closer to silicone than the traditional saline implant. “I am seeing an increasing percentage of women opting for saline in the form of the Ideal Implant,” says top NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Rapaport. “I think that the ‘peace of mind’ factor is a big contributor to this trend. Because the Ideal Implant resembles silicone more than any prior saline implant, the choice of saline, in the form of the Ideal Implant, has become a more compelling one for many women.”

What are the advantages of Silicone Breast Implants?

For those who value a "natural feel" above everything else, then silicone is almost always going to be their choice. "A saline implant, when placed behind adequate breast tissue such as a B cup breast, can appear absolutely identical to a silicone implant," says Dr. Rapaport. The feel is also virtually identical, and he says that having been examining both kinds of implants for over 25 years. The differences in feel in a woman with adequate fat and breast tissue are extremely subtle and would not be appreciated by most people. In fact, when he examines a woman with a good saline result, it is sometimes impossible for even him to know if she has saline or silicone. In general, he likens a silicone implant to the feeling of squeezing a down pillow and a saline implant to squeezing a foam pillow. They are both soft, but the saline bounces back more quickly. The problems with saline implants relate mainly to people who are thin and/or have little breast tissue, and in these cases one can feel the ripples of the implant more clearly and sometimes even can see ripples through the skin. It’s for this reason that most patients are recommended to have silicone implants. A final advantage of silicone is that even though a silicone rupture involves more complicated surgery, the actual incidence of rupture with silicone implants is far less than with saline.

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We are excited to announce that as of June 8th, 2020, our office will be open for ALL appointment types including Surgery, Cosmetic Injectables, Earlobe Repairs, Mole Removals, CoolSculpting, CoolTone, Morpheus8, miraDry, Skincare services, and more!

During this time, we are still encouraging virtual consultations & follows up as an initial step prior to an in-person appointment. We are requesting that established patients virtually consult/review their treatment plans with Dr. Rapaport or a medical aesthetician in advance of their scheduled treatments/procedures. We will be providing you with specific procedure-related instructions prior upon scheduling. If you left a deposit for a treatment and have not yet been contacted by our staff, please call, or e-mail our office so that we may get you scheduled.

Dr. Rapaport & his team have been working diligently to get our office prepared for our re-opening. Our main priority is the health and safety of our patients and staff. Thank you for following our guidelines and being so patient. See below for our re-opening guidelines:

  1. Please take the time to thoroughly read and complete our updated Appointment Policies, COVID-19 Patient Protocols, ASAPS COVID-19 Consent, and COVID-19 Patient Screening Questions. These forms will be sent via email and must be completed prior to your appointment. This will help to screen patients and ensure social distancing in the office.
  2. When we contact you, please let us know if you are or have been sick in the last 3 weeks, have been in close or prolonged contact with anyone who has been sick during that time, or have travelled outside the United States, or have returned from the following states within the last 14 days that have been added to the high covid risk government list including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. Specific symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, loss of sense of smell and taste, chest pressure, or shortness of breath
  3. Alert us if you have any other health problems that make you more susceptible to developing COVID-19 or are at increased risk. Although our office has implemented additional measures to keep you safe during this time, we encourage you to consult your primary care physician for further instructions on how to remain safe. Typically, patients over age 65 who also have respiratory ailments, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, or are immunocompromised are at greater risk.
  4. Medication refill and product requests: Routine requests for medication refills must be requested electronically through your pharmacy. Should you need to purchase skin or haircare products and would like them mailed to you, please e-mail office@DrRapaport.com or phone us at 212-249-9955.
  5. We ask that you come alone to office visits, if possible. To limit exposure and practice social distancing, we are doing our best to minimize the number of people in the office at one time. If you require someone to accompany you to your visit, he/she will need to be with you at all times throughout the duration of your appointment or they will be asked to wait outside.
  6. Please make sure to bring a mask with you to your office visit. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you. 
  7. Please abstain from handshake greetings and keep a “social distance” of 6 feet or more from other individuals when in the office whenever possible. 
  8. As soon as you enter the office you will be asked to use hand sanitizer provided to you upon arrival and departure from the practice. Coat both the front and back of your hands and wrists and let them air dry. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face.  
  9. Please reply to all email and texts that we send you. We are working with limited personnel and resources, so responding to these messages will enable us to keep in touch with you safely. 
  10. We will provide ongoing care remotely using telemedicine. Our telemedicine system will allow us to speak with you, evaluate your face/body/breasts, prescribe treatment, and/or give you advice. We will be contacting you about your existing appointment to determine whether a virtual or in-person appointment is best. 
  11. You can obtain good and reliable information about local conditions regarding the pandemic at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

For any questions and/or concerns, please call our office at 212-249-9955 or email us at office@DrRapaport.com. We know each of you are eager to get back to your treatment regimens, so we will be extending our hours to accommodate everyone as best we can while maintaining health & safety protocols!

We thank you for your continued support & confidence in Dr. Rapaport and our staff the past few months. We look forward to welcoming you back to our office!

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