Are you confused about breast implants and the available options? Are you looking for information regarding the different types of breast implants and their benefits?
In this blog article I’ll be covering some information regarding the different types of breast implants available on the market right now. I’ll also be providing a few highlights of pros and cons related to each implants.
Disclaimer: This article does not substitute as legal or medical advice so always make sure to consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon before making any rash decisions.
There are three types (saline, silicone, gummy bear) of breast implants available on the market right now and are used excessively by plastic surgeons worldwide. These three breast implants are introduced to patients during their breast augmentation consultation. The different types of implant options available are limited to three, the profile are limited to four; moderate, moderate plus, high-profile, ultra profile and the size (aka cc) are endless. Implants are chosen base on a patient’s preference and desired look.
Saline Breast Implants
The saline breast implants are the first implants to be FDA approved. It’s definitely cheaper and patients find it to be more affordable than the other two available implant options. Saline is rumored to be one of the safest option out of all the implants available on the market. It come’s in a silicone shell, rolled up by the manufacture and during the procedure is when the surgeon fills the saline implant bag up with saline solution therefore the incision is known to be smaller than other implant’s incision.
- “Considered” and “claimed” to be the safer option.
- Small incision scar
- Notice right away once ruptured.
- Patient’s find it to be more perkier than all the breast implants available.
- feel hard and unnatural
- Sometimes the implants can be very noticeable
- One of the implant risk is that the saline water inside the gel shell can become black with mold build up.
- Massage required
- Risk for capsular contracture.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants are made of silicone gel with a silicone shell and come with its form already intact unlike the saline.The silicone breast implant’s safety had been debated over and over again to a point they were pulled off the market by the FDA for a while; however it has been restored after finding no study to support the dangerous claim against the silicone breast implants. The questions for concerns regarding these particular types of implants still lingers in a lot of people’s mind. There are people out there who believe that silicone are dangerous and there are groups of women who advocate for breast implant illness. Breast implant illness is considered a breast implant disease by women who had the procedure done and was affected by it. Despite its backlash and unfortunate experience from certain people; silicone is still one of the most popular seek out implants today due to its natural look and feel.
- No rippling
- Natural and realistic looking
- Its expensive
- Silicone can be a health risk
- No signs of rupture
- Bigger incision
- The rupture can cause the silicone to leak out into the body tissue.
- Massing required
- Risk for capsular contracture
Gummy Bear Breast Implants
The Gummy Bear breast implants are the newest addition to the family and are price tagged at the highest out of all the breast implants available. It’s known for its thick silicone gel features and texture shell. These implants do not require post care massaging and settled right into place on its own. They’re known to have less risk for capsular contracture resulting in many women shifting towards this specific type of breast implant. Due to its highly advertised statistic features and claims Gummy Bear is the more preferable choice; however, it does not mean that the implant’s risk and complication proof. One major complication discovered with these kind of breast implant is that they can rotate while inside the breast pocket which does required for a revision. The incision and breast pocket is made to be larger than both saline and silicone.
Starting at 10k
- Lower Risk of Capsular Contracture
- No massaging
- Feels and looks natural
- Comes with financial assistances up to $3500 with a 10 year warranty.
- Drop in place on its own.
- The gel is little more cohesive than the regular silicone.
- Its expensive
- Require a bigger incision
- Can rotate inside the breast pocket
- It’s still too new to consider if there is any risk factors.
Whatever breast implants you choose for yourself the importance of a well done job all depends on the surgeon. Always make sure to never go price tag shopping. It’s hard to find a surgeon who is knowledgable and ethical enough to properly perform your surgery but its easier today than it was 10 years ago to research on any particular Doctors and their facility. So when in doubt always do your research.
If you look to the right side bar on my website on the home page there should be a link on how to identify if your surgeon is properly licensed and certified by the Board of Plastic Surgery.
I had also included an episode on my podcast covering this topic. Feel free to swing on over to my podcast to tune in on the discussion regarding breast implants. To listen to pod cast click here