If you have made the decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery, your next step is to determine which type of breast implant is right for you. Today’s implants come in a broad range of sizes and shapes suitable for most women. The following provides information that you need to know about the most popular types of implants in order to discuss your options with your surgeon.
Saline implants are comprised of an outer shell made from layers of silicone rubber. The implants are filled with sterile saline, which is essentially a salt water solution. Before placement, the implant resembles a plastic baggie filled with water. Once it is placed in the chest cavity, the implant is adjusted to its final size by means of a disposable tube running from a valve in the implant to a bag of saline. The valve seals automatically once the tube is removed. An additional seal tip is placed on the valve to prevent leakage. Since the size is adjusted during surgery, saline implants require a smaller incision than other types of implants, which results in less scarring.
Silicone implants remain the most popular choice among women undergoing breast augmentation. Most women prefer the more natural feel of these implants. Today’s silicone implants are made of several layers of silicone rubber and thicker gel than previous versions, making them less susceptible to rupture or leakage than saline implants. You must be at least 22 years old to receive silicone breast implants.
“Gummy bear” implants are constructed from a high-strength cohesive gel that resembles the look and feel of natural breast tissue. These implants are thicker and more form-stable than other types of implants. Gummy bear implants are less likely to rupture and will maintain their shape even if the outer shell is broken. These implants also have less risk of rippling and capsular contracture. Gummy bear implants come in both round and tear-drop shapes.
During your consultation, your surgeon will help you select the right type of implant for you. Ultimately, your final decision will be based on a combination of chest size and shape, breast size and shape, personal preferences, and goals. Knowing your options ahead of time will make it easier to communicate with your surgeon when you decide the time is right. If you would like to learn more about your breast implants options, schedule your free consultation today.