Plastic surgery, although once considered taboo, has become somewhat routine in today’s society. People like to share their stories and advice and show off their work. With the growing demand for plastic surgery and the ability to alter your body to a more desirable shape, there have been many new products and procedures developed, especially regarding breast augmentations. Breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in the United States. One of the biggest questions people ask is what kind of breast implant to use.
There are two basic types of breast implants, one is saline, and the other is silicone gel.
- Saline implants consist of a silicone capsule filled with saline, which is just sterile saltwater.
- Silicone implants are silicone capsules filled with silicone gel.
Whether you choose saline or silicone, they both come in different sizes and can have smooth or textured capsules. Each type of implant has pros and cons. A board-certified plastic surgeon will explain the pros and cons of all types of breast implants so you can make an informed decision about what kind of implant is best for you.
Silicone Gel Breast Implants
Silicone gel breast implants are the most common breast implant on the market. This type of implant is filled with a cohesive gel. This means that in the event of a rupture in the outer covering of the implant, the gel stays put and does not migrate to other areas of the body.
Some of the benefits of silicone implants are that they are the softest, and patients often say they feel more like a real breast. They are also less likely to ripple under the skin, making the breasts look more natural.
However, because they are pre-filled, the incision is slightly larger than with a saline implant. Also, silicone implants are only available in a round shape.
Highly Cohesive Silicone Gel Breast Implants
The highly cohesive gel implants are also known as “gummy bear implants.” They are firmer than breast implants made with traditional silicone gel. Because they are thicker, they have lower rates of rupture, rippling, and capsular contraction. They are available in both round and teardrop shapes. The one downside is that they may not feel as natural as regular silicone gel implants.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saline solution. Saline breast implants are less popular than silicone breast implants, but they are the most affordable option. Some patients also feel that saline implants are a more natural choice since they are filled with saline rather than silicone gel. If the implant leaks, the breast will deflate, and the saline solution is absorbed by the body without any adverse effects. This makes ruptures easy to detect.
Saline breast implants are filled during breast augmentation surgery, which allows your surgeon to adjust the volume to give the breasts the best appearance, making it a good option for patients with unequal breast sizes. The downside to saline implants is that they don’t feel as real as silicone implants. Saline implants are also more likely to rupture, and patients with thin skin can have visible rippling.
If you’re considering a breast augmentation, schedule a consultation with one of our award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeons at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery, Dr. Peter Butler, Dr. Jocelyn Leveque, and Dr. Nathan Patterson. Your surgeon will explain the implants and surgery in detail, ensuring that you achieve the look you want.