What are the different types of breast implants?

What are the different types of breast implants?

May 28, 2024

Breast augmentation has long been one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries worldwide, helping patients achieve their desired breast size and shape, enhance their body image, and boost self-confidence. For anyone considering this procedure, understanding the different types of breast implants available is a crucial step. This blog aims to demystify the options for women, cosmetic surgery enthusiasts, and medical professionals alike.

1. Saline Implants

Saline breast implants are filled with sterile saltwater. They’re inserted empty into the breast pocket and filled once in place, allowing for adjustable size and a smaller incision. A significant advantage of saline implants is that if they rupture, the body can safely absorb the saline. However, they may not feel as natural as silicone and can sometimes create rippling under the skin.

2. Silicone Gel Implants

Silicone implants are pre-filled with a cohesive silicone gel that closely mimics human fat, making them feel more like natural breast tissue. They are a popular choice for their natural look and feel. In case of a rupture, the gel may remain within the implant shell or leak into the breast implant pocket, but the silicone gel will not be absorbed into the body. Regular check-ups with an MRI or ultrasound are recommended to ensure their integrity.

3. Gummy Bear Implants

Also known as form-stable implants, “gummy bear” implants maintain their shape even when the implant shell is broken, thanks to the thick consistency of the silicone gel inside. They are shaped rather than round, with more projection at the bottom and tapering towards the top, offering a more natural silhouette. However, they require a slightly larger incision for placement.

4. Structured Saline Implants

Structured saline implants feature an inner structure aimed to make the implant feel more natural while still being filled with sterile salt water. This internal structure helps to mitigate the issue of rippling, making them a compelling compromise between saline and silicone options.

5. Autologous Fat Transfer

This technique involves liposuction to remove fat from parts of the body where it’s less wanted, which is then processed and injected into the breasts. This option is ideal for women looking for a relatively smaller increase in breast size and a more natural approach.

Each type of implant offers unique benefits and considerations, making it vital to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon who can provide personalised advice based on individual anatomy, lifestyle, and aesthetic goals.

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