Breast implants are designed to enhance the volume, fullness, and symmetry of the breasts. To accomplish this, the implants come in a broad array of shapes, sizes, textures, and materials to suit your needs and goals. When you arrive for you initial consultation, one of our board certified plastic surgeons will discuss your concerns and cosmetic desires in thorough detail. They will then take this information and create a customized treatment plan that can optimize your results. Your safety is our top priority. Breast implants can be placed during breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reconstruction procedures, and we can help guide you in your decision-making process. Each type of implant offers a range of benefits, and the more you know about what is available, the easier it may be to determine which option is best for you.
The most popular option for many years, saline breast implants offer a multitude of benefits. They are comprised of a saline (saltwater) solution, so in the rare event a tear or rupture occurs, the body will harmlessly absorb the filling. Saline implants come in many sizes and shapes, and they can be filled after insertion to create the most symmetrical and aesthetically appealing outcome possible. Saline implants can be placed in patients 18 years of age or older, and they may be best for individuals who have an ample amount of breast coverage. Saline implants are lower in cost than most other options.
Due to the softer, more responsive feel that mimics the texture of natural breasts, many patients prefer silicone implants. For breast reconstruction after mastectomy, our surgeons are more likely to recommend silicone than saline for a more natural-looking result. Made of a thick silicone gel that significantly reduces the risk of leakage, silicone implants are associated with a lower risk of capsular contracture—a condition wherein scar tissue develops around the breast, making it feel hard—and rippling. As a result of the unique composition, silicone implants come pre-filled, and they typically require a larger incision than saline. If you are 22 years of age or older and have a thin frame with little breast tissue coverage, silicone may provide a better outcome.
Anatomically Shaped Cohesive Gel
In addition to round implants, shaped variations are also available. One of the most popular of the shaped styles is the anatomical cohesive gel—or “gummy bear”—implant. Made of strong cohesive silicone gel, these textured implants have a teardrop shape that is designed to resemble the natural contours of a woman’s breasts. The “gummy bear” implant may also retain its shape better than other implant types, and studies have proven a reduced risk of rippling or rotation. As with round silicone implants, you must be 22 years of age or older for anatomically shaped cohesive gel implants. Your surgeon may recommend the “gummy bear” implant as an option in your breast reconstruction.
There are many factors that play a role in determining the best implant for your anatomic indicators and desired outcome. Our experienced plastic surgeons can help you find the right option based on a comprehensive evaluation and collaborative consultation.
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