Elective cosmetic surgeries allow patients to gain a new feeling of self-confidence. One of the most common elective surgeries is breast augmentation. Before undergoing the procedure, it is important to explore the different breast implant options. Knowing the types available aids women in asking their surgeon questions about the various implants and then ultimately choosing their best option.
What Implant Types Are Available?
These are the most common and most well-known implant types. Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. They can be used for augmentation in women over age 22.
Pros Of Silicone:
- Silicone gives a soft and natural feel
- The rounded shape makes movement or rotation irrelevant
- Rippling of silicone implants is unlikely
- In case of implant leakage, the breast won’t become misshapen
Cons Of Silicone:
- Requires larger incisions
- Not available in teardrop shapes
- May be hard to detect leaks or ruptures
Highly Cohesive Silicone Gel Implants:
This type of implant is filled with a firm, stable silicone gel. Cohesive gel implants are commonly called “gummy bear” implants. They are thicker than traditional silicone.
Pros of Cohesive Gel:
- May last longer, rupture less, and be less susceptible to other complications
- Available in both teardrop and round options
- Teardrop-shaped implants avoid unnatural roundness of the breast
Cons of Gel:
- The firm consistency may feel less natural
- The initial incision will be longer than others
- If teardrop-shaped implants rotate, surgery is required
- Most expensive implant option
Saline implants are filled with sterile saline (salt water) after they are placed. The FDA has approved their use on women ages 18 and over for augmentation. They are seen as a cost-effective choice in augmentation surgery.
Pros Of Saline:
- Saline-based filler is safe for the body. In case of ruptures or leaks, it would be non-toxic
- When a rupture happens, it’s easily detectable
- Saline implants provide maximum projection and fullness
- Implant volume is adjustable because they are not pre-filled
- Small incision compared to others
- Most cost-effective implants
Cons Of Saline:
- The saline implants may feel less natural than silicone
- Ruptures are more common in saline implants
- In case of rupture, the breast deflates and changes shape
- Saline implants may ripple under the skin
- The weight of saline implants may cause breasts to become bottom-heavy
The style, shape, and size of implant will vary based on each patient‘s goals and body. Each option has its advantages and drawbacks. During your consultation, you will discuss the various implants with your surgeon and discover what will work best for you.