Choosing which type of breast implants are best for you can be very tricky. Saline or silicone? High or low profile? The list goes on! Here is some key information that will help you when considering breast implants.
Silicone versus Saline?
Saline Breast Implants:
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile saline water after confirming proper placement in surgery. In the event that a saline implant would rupture, it would simply collapse and the saline from the ruptured implant would be safely absorbed by your body.
Saline breast implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 18 or older and provide patients with a very uniform shape, firmness and feel.
Silicone Breast Implants:
Silicone breast implants are pre-filled with silicone gel. One benefit of silicone implants is that they feel more like your own natural breast tissue. In the event of a rupture with silicone filled implants, the implant will not collapse, and the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket.
If you elect to use silicone implants, we recommend regular visits with your plastic surgeon to help monitor implant integrity. An ultrasound or MRI screening is the most ideal method to assess the condition of silicone breast implants.
Silicone breast implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 22 or older.
Gummy Bear Breast Implants:
Form-stable silicone implants, also referred to as gummy bear breast implants, contain a more cohesive gel that maintains shape even when ruptured.
The consistency of the silicone gel inside form-stable implants is thicker than traditional silicone gel implants. Because of this difference in consistency, they are firmer than traditional implants, but are considered to be less at risk for rupture.
Gummy bear breast implants currently are only available as shaped, or tear-drop, rather than round. The base of the implant has more projection, tapering up to the top, similar to the shape of a natural breast. If a shaped implant rotates, it may result in an unusual appearance or shape to the breast.
Placement of gummy bear implants also require a slightly longer incision as well as use of a Keller Funnel to facilitate proper placement
Round Breast Implants:
Round breast implants tend to give the breast a fuller appearance than form-stable implants. High profile implants are sometimes select to achieve even more projection for patients.
Rotation of round implants is of less concern, as it does not effect the appearance of the breast, as with the shaped implants.
Smooth Breast Implants:
Smooth breast implants provide more natural movement within the breast pocket, but can sometimes have more palpable or visible rippling.
Textured Breast Implants:
Textured breast implants are implants that have a rough outer surface to the implant shell which helps the body develop scar tissue to stick to the implant. This scar tissue makes them less likely to move in the breast pocket.
Those are some tips and information to help you get started when selecting which implants will best suit you and your body type. If you are considering a breast augmentation, schedule a consultation with Dr. Moraitis for more information today!