Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures around. If you’ve been considering this surgery, then it’s important to begin thinking about the different types of implants. While it’s ultimately up to you and your surgeon to know what will be best for you, you should research them to know your options. Here are the different types of implants and their differences.
Silicone gel implants
FDA-approved for use in patients 22 years old and older, silicone gel implants are the most popular breast implant due to how much they feel like regular breast tissue. These implants are made of an outer silicone shell and filled with a silicone gel. It’s important to note that with these types of implants, you will need more regular visits and an ultrasound or MRI screening to make sure they are functioning properly. When a silicone implant leaks, you may not know it has leaked as much of the gel may remain intact within the implant shell. This type of implant will not collapse due to a leak.
Gummy bear breast implants
Similar to silicone gel implants, gummy bear implants are form-stable implants and maintain their shape, even if the shell is broken. The reason why it’s called a gummy bear implant is because of how firm the implant is and the consistency of the silicone gel. The implant is thicker and firmer than silicone gel implants. These types of implants require a longer incision in the skin to insert the implant.
FDA-approved for use in patients 18 years old and older, saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water and don’t feel as natural as silicone gel implants. The advantage of saline breast implants is that if the shell leaks, the implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and expelled by the body naturally. These types of implants usually require a shorter incision as the implant shell is placed into the body before the saline is added. This also gives the surgeon some flexibility as to size during surgery.
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