What You Need to Know About the Different Breast Implant Types

By on August 7, 2018 under Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants, Plastic Surgery

Women who are considering breast augmentation have many choices regarding the procedure. After choosing a board certified plastic surgeon, choosing your implants will be one of the most important choices you make. The two most popular forms of implants used today include saline and silicone. Read on to learn more about these options.

Saline Implants

Saline breast implants are made up of a silicone shell that is filled with saline, or sterile salt water. Saline implants can begin as an empty shell which is inserted into the breast pocket and then filled to the desired size.

While breast implants are long-lasting, they are not meant to last a lifetime. If a saline implant were to leak, the saline solution would be absorbed by the body, and your implant would deflate, creating a noticeable change in the shape and size of the breast.

Silicone Implants

Silicone breast implants are made up of a silicone shell filled with a silicone gel. This gel is thicker and more viscous than saline, which can make it feel more like natural breast tissue.

If a silicone implant were to leak, it would not be as obvious as silicone, since silicone does now flow like water. To detect a silicone leak, a special screening would need to be done. These screenings should be regularly scheduled to help ensure the implant’s proper function.

Similar to silicone implants, patients can also choose form-stable implants. These implants are filled with a gel that is thicker than traditional silicone gel. They have even been given the nickname “gummy bear implants” since their filling is thick like a gummy bear.

Choosing an Implant

While having an idea of a desired overall appearance is good, it is recommended that patients do not come into a consultation with a list of the exact size, shape, and type of implant that they want. Your surgeon will work with you to create a customized treatment plan, including implant type, to help meet your individual aesthetic goals.

If you are interested in learning more about breast implant types or the breast augmentation procedure, contact Taylor Plastic Surgery today!