One of the considerations when planning breast augmentation surgery is which type of implant will best suit your goals and lifestyle. Your surgeon can advise you on which type of implant is best for your situation, but it’s important to go into the conversation knowing what your options are.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline implants are the best-known and were the commonly used implants before silicone became available. They are filled with a sterile saline solution. The primary advantage to saline implants is that, in case of rupture, the saline can be naturally absorbed by the body without ill effects. They are generally uniform in shape and firmness.
Structured Saline Implants
Structured saline implants contain the same sterile saline solution. An additional layer is added to the implant which helps create a more natural shape and feel. With either type of saline implant, a leak will be obvious as the breast will “deflate.” There will be no need for an MRI to detect a leak with saline.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel. The gel provides a more natural feel. In case of a rupture, the breast will not “deflate” as with saline. Regular MRIs or ultrasounds are necessary to assess the condition of the implant.
Gummy Bear Breast Implants
The “gummy bear” implant, as its name suggests, retains its shape even if the implant shell should become ruptured, because of the thickness of the silicone gel inside. The implant retains its shape more firmly than other types of implants, and requires a slightly longer incision to insert.
Round, Smooth, and Textured Breast Implants
Breast implant shells are another part of the consideration. Round implants are uniform in shape and therefore there is no concern about rotation after they are implanted. Smooth implants offer the softest feel and move naturally within the incision pocket for the most natural feel. Finally, textured breast implants reduce the risk of a tight scar capsule.
The type of implant that’s right for you is a decision best made with your doctor. Contact us today to arrange your consultation.