Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the procedures, treatments or services that we provide? Below is a list of some frequently asked questions, but please feel free to call our office if you need additional information, (401) 331-2303. We are always pleased to assist you.

Augmentation Mammoplasty (breast implants) FAQs
What are the implants made of?
What does Dr. Edstrom use?
How are the implants inserted?
What does "under the muscle" mean?
What kind of anesthesia is used for this operation?
Where is the operation done?

Augmentation Mammoplasty (breast implants) FAQs

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 does Dr. Edstrom 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. And waking up and going home afterwards is quite easy and safe.

Where is the operation done?

It is done in the Dudley Street Operatory, a fully accredited facility adjacent to Rhode Island Hospital. Here you have the best of both worlds: a private, discrete, pleasant site, yet adjacent to the hospital and staffed by the same anesthesiologists the hospital uses.

Please call our office (401) 331-2303 today to make your appointment with Dr. Edstrom.