01 Feb Types of Breast Implants: Decisions to Consider
If you’re just starting to research breast augmentation, you might be surprised to find out just how many types of breast implants there are. John Park MD Plastic Surgery offers complimentary consultations for breast augmentation and, when consultations are in person, you can even feel the different types for yourself to get a preview of what you can expect. The two most common types of breast implants are saline and silicone, and both have unique benefits.
Saline breast implants actually have a silicone shell that is filled with a sterile saltwater solution (saline) after they are placed in the chest. Technically, saline breast implants are part silicone and part saline. Many women love saline implants because they require a smaller incision. Since saline implants are not pre-filled, a much smaller incision is required to slip the empty shell into place.
The odds of any breast implant rupturing or leaking is very small. However, in the rare instance that a rupture does occur, patients have peace of mind knowing that saline can be safely absorbed by the body. Saline implants are known for their uniform shape along and for being naturally taut and organic-feeling. They are approved by the FDA for those aged 18 and older.
Which Breast Implant is Right for You?
There is also another type of saline implant called the structured saline breast implant. Like regular saline implants, they are filled with a sterile saltwater after placement. However, they also feature an inner structure that some women think makes the final results feel even more natural. This is largely a matter of personal preference, so being able to feel both saline and structured saline implants is the best way to get an idea of which you prefer.
Of course, you might be like many women and prefer the touch and look of silicone implants. These implants are made with a silicone shell and filled with silicone gel. A lot of people say silicone feels more like natural breast tissue, which is why it’s so popular. Unlike saline implants, in the rare instance that there is a rupture to a silicone implant it will not deflate. They retain their shape, which is considered a perk by many patients.
However, this is also a reminder that it’s important to see your plastic surgeon for routine check-ups no matter what type of breast implants you get. Ensuring your implants are performing as they should is a key part of making the most of this life-changing surgery. An MRI or ultrasound is typically the best way to check on silicone implants. The FDA has approved silicone implants for those aged 22 and older.
The Latest Type of Breast Implant
The gummy bear breast implant is the latest type of implant available. Also called form-stable implants, these implants retain their shape even in the very rare cases of a broken shell. These are also silicone breast implants, but the silicone gel is even thicker than traditional silicone. They are firmer than any other type of implant available, but still feel completely natural.
Most shaped gummy bear implants tend to have more projection (fullness) at the bottom compared to the top, creating a natural-looking teardrop shape. Like any shaped implant (meaning that it is not round), it is critical for a reputable cosmetic surgeon to place the implants to reduce the small risk of rotation. Opting to place the gummy bear implant below the chest muscles instead of on top of them is a great way to further reduce any chance of rotation. As a bonus, many women (especially very slender women) also find that placing the implant below the pectoral muscles further enhances natural-looking results.
Customizing Your Breast Implants
When it comes to shape, you can choose from round or form-stable, teardrop-shaped implants. Round implants typically help breasts to look fuller and since they are a uniform shape there is no concern of rotation. You also get to choose the texture of the implants, either smooth or textured. Smooth implants feel softer and some think they allow for a more natural movement. However, textured implants are designed to create a small amount of scar tissue so the implant “sticks,” making them less likely to reposition or rotate.
As you can see, there are a lot of decisions to be made when it comes to breast implants. Start your journey by working with the leading breast augmentation surgeon in the region. Complete the John Park MD Plastic Surgery online form or call (949) 777-6883 to schedule your complimentary consultation.