If you’re thinking about undergoing breast augmentation surgery, you’re going to be presented with several different implant options. Your surgeon will not only take you through the various options but their advantages and disadvantages too.
Implants used in breast augmentation surgery
There is an implant type for every patient. These are the implant options that you should know about.
- Saline. Saline breast implants are filled with salt water and are one of the safer options because if the implant happens to leak, the shell will collapse and the saline will be absorbed on a natural way. Saline implants are FDA-approved, provide a firm feel and uniform shape and can be used by women who are 18 or older.
- Silicone. As the name states, silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel. Because the implants feel the most like natural breast tissue, they tend to be one of the more popular implant options. Unlike saline implants, silicone implants will not collapse if they start leaking but the gel can still leak into the breast implant pocket. Women with silicone implants will need to have regular check-ups with their plastic surgeon to ensure that the implants are still secure and safe. An MRI screening or ultrasound can be used to check the condition of the implants. Silicone implants are also FDA-approved and can be used by women who are 22 or older.
- Gummy Bear Silicone. These particular implants are also referred to as form-stable implants because they will maintain their shape even if the shell is broken. The gel in these implants is thicker than what is used in regular silicone implants, which also makes them firmer. Waverley House Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Clinic in Adelaide uses gummy bear implants to achieve a more defined look. Since these implants are narrower at the top and have more projection at the bottom, if they happen to shift they can create an unusual appearance. Patients who opt to have these implants inserted will require a slightly longer incision.
- Round. If you’re looking for an even firmer appearance than what form-stable implants can give you, round breast implants are the best option, helping you achieve a higher level of projection with the help of higher profile options. These implants have a round shape, which means rotation and movement aren’t issues.
- Smooth. Smooth breast implants are the softer implant option and since they move with your implant pocket, you will often achieve the most natural look and feel. Visible ripping under the skin can be an issue with this particular implant though.
- Textured. Textured breast implants are the most anchored as they develop scar tissue that helps the implant to stay in place, meaning there is far less chance of movement and rotation. This particular implants also reduces any risks of developing tight scar capsule defects.
If you have a particular type of implant in mind, speak to your surgeon about whether you’re the best candidate for the implant before you proceed.