Implant Types for Breast Augmentation
Fortunately, there are many breast implant choices available for women who want to enhance their breasts with breast augmentation. We still offer the traditional saline-filled implants and silicone gel-filled implants, but improvements to the structures of these implants have been made over the years. New structures include form-stable silicone and structured saline implants.
Each implant type has its unique benefits, and in the end, there is an implant that can fulfill almost every cosmetic breast concern! However, the same implants on one woman can look extremely different on another, so it is important to meet with Dr. Guy to assess your individual anatomy and goals so she can help you choose the best implants for your needs.
Types of Implants
Traditional Saline Implants
Saline implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a sterile saltwater solution. They are FDA approved for women 18 years of age and older, and some consider saline implants to be safer than silicone. This is because if a saline implant were to rupture, the filler liquid would be safely absorbed by the body. Saline implants do, however, run a higher risk of rippling in patients with thinner skin or smaller frames.
Structured (Baffled) Saline Implants
These implants are made of a silicone shell and have chambers built into them so that the saline solution inside behaves more like silicone gel. This type of implant offers the more natural feel of silicone implants with the safety of saline.
Traditional Silicone Implants
Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel that tends to act like natural breast tissue. They also have a sturdier outer shell. If a silicone implant ruptures, it can only be detected with an MRI. However, silicone implants are considered to be more natural feeling and tend to hold their shape better than saline implants.
Gummy Bear (Form-Stable) Silicone Implants
We also now have form-stable implants—sometimes known as “gummy bear” implants—that contain a much thicker silicone gel that retains its shape indefinitely. Because the gel is so cohesive, the implants are able to be made in many different shapes, including several teardrop variations (some are tall and narrow, some are wide and short, some have a high projection, some have a low projection, etc). They are also textured on the surface to prevent them from rotating in the breast pocket.
Which Is Best?
There are so many implant options that it is hard to say which one would be best for you without a thorough exam and consultation. Generally, smooth, round implants work great for most patients. Silicone implants are more expensive than saline, which may be a factor to consider when making your decision.
Form-stable and standard silicone implants are great for people with very little breast tissue, such as women who have had a mastectomy, women with tubular breasts, or who have a breast shape that needs to be influenced by the shape of the implant itself. These implants are a bit firmer when touched and are more expensive than the smooth, round implants.
The bottom line is, you should have a frank discussion with Dr. Guy as to which implant might best fit your body, your budget, and your lifestyle. Only then will you know which type of implant can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
If you are interested in what your options are for breast augmentation, contact our office at (321) 727-1600 today!