Different types of breast implants are available for plastic surgeons and their patients to choose from when seeking out the correct product for breast augmentation surgery. Various factors are involved when choosing the correct breast implant and these include:
- The reason for the surgery (cosmetic or reconstructive).
- The body size and shape of the patient.
- The breast and cup size of the individual.
- Dimensions including the patient’s chest diameter and shape as well as that of their shoulders.
The reason for considering these factors is because not only are breast implants made from different materials but they also come in different sizes as well as shapes and consistencies. Therefore, these choices allow a plastic surgeon to recommend the correct product for a patient depending on the mentioned factors in order to provide the best possible outcomes for the individual.
The Different Types of Breast Implants
The following are the different types of breast implants that are available for individuals seeking breast augmentation surgery:
- Saline breast implants – these are silicone shells that are filled with saline (sterile salt) water and provide a uniform feel, firmness, and shape. These implants are FDA-approved for use in patients from 18 years onwards.
- Structured saline implants – these are saline-containing implants that also contain an inner material that helps make the product feel more like natural breasts.
- Silicone implants – these are silicone shells filled with a silicone gel which feels very much like natural breast tissue. If these implants are chosen, then further follow up consultations with the plastic surgeon will be scheduled to make sure the products are functioning properly. An MRI scan will also be scheduled to make sure there are no issues with the implants. These products are FDA-approved for use in patients from 22 years of age onwards.
- Gummy bear implants – also known as form-stable implants, these are silicone-filled products that maintain their shape even if the outer capsule is broken. These implants are firmer with thicker silicone gel in them and also have a rounder projection at the bottom of the product.
- Smooth implants – these have the softest feeling and may move around the breast implant pocket giving a more natural feel to them.
- Rounds implants – compared to the gummy bear implants, these may make the breast appear fuller. They are also referred to as high profile implants which are higher and have a smaller base than normal implants and are suggested in taller women or those with narrower chests and/or shoulders.
- Textured breast implants – scar tissue formation develops with these implants so that they can stick to the implant to prevent them from moving around inside of the breast. There’s also the added advantage of a reduced risk of a tight scar capsule developing with these implants.
It is very important for individuals seeking breast augmentation surgery to thoroughly discuss their needs with their chosen plastic surgeon. The surgeon will discuss which implants and techniques will benefit the patient the most depending on the mentioned factors.