Breast augmentation procedures improve the symmetry, restore the volume, and/or increase the fullness of the breasts. Each patient is different, so we evaluate each individual’s expectations and lifestyle to decide if they are a good candidate for breast augmentation. Because breast augmentation is one of the most common procedures performed in our office, we have experience explaining the basics of implant composition and shape.
Types of Implants
Saline implants are silicone shells filled with salt water. They shape the breasts uniformly and provide a natural firmness and feel. These implants are used in women aged 18 and older and are proven safe. If there is a leak, the implant will collapse, and the body will naturally absorb the sterile water solution.
Silicone implants are silicone shells filled with silicone gel, which is thicker than a salt water solution. They are FDA approved for patients aged 22 and older, and regular checks with your plastic surgeon after implantation are often necessary. In the event of a leak, the silicone gel could either stay in the shell or escape into the breast implant pocket. Unlike a saline implant, a silicone implant will not collapse. Silicone implants offer a very natural look and feel to the breast.
Gummy bear implants use thicker silicone gel that maintains its shape, even if the shell breaks. These implants are thicker and firmer than silicone. They are shaped for each patient’s desired look. They usually require a longer incision in the skin.
Round implants are known to make breasts appear fuller. They offer an advantage over shaped implants, such as gummy bear implants, because they maintain a consistent shape, even if rotation occurs. Round implants create more projection and can make breasts appear fuller compared to other shapes.
Smooth implants are soft and built to move within the implant pocket, providing more natural movement for the patient.
Conversely, textured implants are often used to negate rotation and movement. These implants encourage a degree of internal scar tissue growth, which helps hold the implant securely in place.
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