Different Types of Breast Implants
Many women are seeking breast enlargement procedures to help them gain a better self image. There are many different types of breast enlargement procedures available. Here is a quick look at the main types of implants.
Saline implants are filled with sterile saline solution. These types of implants are FDA-approved for women 18 years and older. They also provide uniform feel, firmness and shape. Should they leak, the implant will collapse and the saline absorbed and expelled by the body.
Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. They are approved by the FDA for women 22 years of age and older. The gel feels more like natural breast tissue. Should the implant leak, the gel can remain either within the implant shell or it can leak into the implant pocket. Unlike saline implants, the silicone implant will not collapse. Regular visits to a plastic surgeon are needed to ensure that the silicone implants are functioning properly.
Gummy Bear Implants
Gummy bear implants are form-stable implants and get their name due to the fact that they will keep their shape even if the implant shell is broken. The silicone gel used with these implants is thicker than with regular silicone implants, and are also firmer.
Gummy bear implants are shaped, rather than round. They will have a more projected appearance at the bottom, with a more tapered top. If this type of implant rotates, it can lead to an unusual appearance. Also, placement of these implants will require a larger incision.
Round breast implants usually make the breasts appear fuller than form-stable implants to provide more projection. Because of their round shape, there is less concern about any possible rotation cause an unnatural appearance.
Smooth breast implants have the softest feeling of all other implants. They can also move freely within the implant pocket that may provide a more natural movement. Smooth breast implants can have visible or palpable rippling.
Textured implants develop scar tissue that sticks to the implant, which makes them less likely to become repositioned or move around.
When deciding to undergo breast augmentation, you should consult with an experienced plastic surgeon who can help you decide which type of implant will best suit you and your lifestyle.