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Breast Augmentation - Silicone Implants


Breast Augmentation - Saline Implants

If you are considering breast augmentation, you enjoy more choices today than ever before when it comes to breast implants. In New Jersey, Dr. Robert Herbstman can help you select the breast implants that are best suited for your unique physical characteristics and aesthetic goals. The decision is ultimately yours, but Dr. Herbstman is pleased to guide you using his experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Dr. Herbstman takes a personal approach to each patient's care. See the difference when you visit his practice in East Brunswick and Red Bank, New Jersey. Request a consultation online, or call us at (732) 254-1919.

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What Are My Implant Choices?

There are several different factors you need to decide on for your implants when you choose breast augmentation. Recent advances in the science of breast implants enable Dr. Herbstman to offer you a wide range of choices, helping him to customize your breast enhancement so that your results look and feel just as you envision.

The factors you'll need to consider include:

  • Size
  • Material
  • Shape
  • Texture
  • Profile

You can read more about each of these factors below, and we encourage you to bring your questions to your consultation. Dr. Herbstman has experience with different options within each category, and he makes your goals and safety his top priorities when working with you to find the single best option. He offers implants from major U.S. manufacturers including Allergan® and MENTOR®.

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Breast Augmentation - Silicone Implants


Breast Augmentation - Saline Implants

Which Implants Are Right for You?

Silicone shell filled with a sterile saltwater solution
Typically less expensive than silicone
Smaller incision needed because surgeon fills implant after it's inserted
Feels firm; less natural look and feel than silicone
Appropriate for patients with more existing breast tissue
Slightly more prone to rippling than silicone
Round Silicone
Round, dome-shaped silicone shell filled with silicone gel
Typically more expensive than saline
Slightly longer incision needed because implant comes pre-filled
Feels more like a natural breast than saline
Appropriate for patients with little existing breast tissue
Slightly less prone to rippling than saline
Shaped Silicone
Anatomically shaped silicone shell filled with silicone gel
Typically more expensive than saline
Slightly longer incision needed because implant comes pre-filled
Feels more like a natural breast than saline; shape mimics natural slope of a breast
Appropriate for patients with little existing breast tissue
Less prone to rippling than saline and round silicone gel implants


You may already have a good idea of the size you'd like your breasts to be after your procedure. It's important to keep in mind that one size of implants might look different on different patients, depending on their existing breast tissue and chest proportions. We measure implant sizes in cubic centimeters, or cc, rather than bra cup sizes, which are inconsistent between manufacturers.

Dr. Herbstman talks with you about the size you'd like to achieve, and he encourages you to bring in photos of others as "goal pictures." As part of the preoperative planning, patients will try on implant sizers in our office, which fit into a bra to simulate how different options may look. Dr. Herbstman takes measurements and recommends a size that will meet your expectations.

Before & After Breast Augmentation



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Material: Saline vs. Silicone

Dr. Herbstman offers implants that are filled with either saline or silicone, which can be in the form of a cohesive gel or a form-stable semi-solid. This latter option, known as gummy bear implants, are becoming increasingly popular among patients. Most women say silicone implants look and feel more natural than saline. That's why Dr. Herbstman usually recommends thinner patients who have little existing breast tissue and are concerned about rippling — visible wrinkling of the implant shell — get silicone implants.

On the other hand, women who have enough existing breast tissue often make good candidates for saline implants, which are less expensive. Smaller incisions are needed for saline because they are filled after being inserted, which also enables Dr. Herbstman to adjust the size during surgery for symmetry.

For results that look and feel like your own breasts, ask about Gummy Bear breast implants. Learn More

Shape: Round vs. Teardrop

Round implants have traditionally been the most popular in the U.S., but "shaped" implants (also referred to as "anatomical" implants or "teardrop-shaped" implants) have been gaining ground in recent years as more options have come onto the market. Dr. Herbstman can create beautiful results with either shape.

Women who desire a fuller appearance in the upper portion of the breasts, with enhanced cleavage, generally choose round implants. Women who would prefer more discreet and natural-looking results often choose teardrop-shaped implants. These implants have more volume in the bottom portion, mimicking the natural slope of the breast.


All breast implants have a shell that is made of silicone. Some shells are smooth, and some are "textured," or rough. The textured surface helps the surrounding breast tissue to "grab" the implant, which prevents it from rotating within the implant pocket. For this reason, teardrop-shaped implants are always textured, so they stay properly oriented.

Round implants, on the other hand, can be either smooth or textured. Some women prefer the smooth variety, because they move more freely within the breast pocket, which looks more natural. Dr. Herbstman considers your priorities and weighs this choice against other factors to find the best fit for you.


A breast implant's profile refers to how far it projects from the chest related to the size of its base. Profiles come in low, moderate, moderate-plus, and high. This factor depends largely on your anatomy. Patients with a narrow chest tend to be better suited for high-profile implants, for instance. Patients often ask for Dr. Herbstman's recommendation when deciding on implant profile. He measures your chest and existing tissue and guides you to find the best choice.

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East Brunswick

Contemporary Plastic Surgery
579A Cranbury Road Suite 202
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

(732) 254-1919
Mon-Thurs: 9am-5pm
Fri: 8am-4pm

Red Bank

Contemporary Plastic Surgery
130 Maple Avenue Building 9, Suite B1
Red Bank, NJ 07701

(732) 530-6450
Tues: 5pm-8pm

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The New Jersey plastic surgery practice of Dr. offers many surgical and non-surgical cosmetic rejuvenation options including breast augmentation, breast reduction, liposuction, tummy tuck, facelift, rhinoplasty and BOTOX®. From offices in East Brunswick and Red Bank, the practice serves New Jersey communities including Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Ocean County, Somerset County, New Brunswick, Freehold, Princeton, West Windsor, Plainsboro, Edison, Middletown, Colts Neck, and Long Branch, as well as New York.

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