After opting for a breast augmentation to increase the size of your breasts, you’ll be faced with a number of decisions regarding your implants. Breast implants are becoming more and more customizable with innovative techniques and materials continuing to enter the market. So, before choosing your implant type, make sure you’ve weighed all of your options so you know you’re making the right decision.
At Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group, Silicone implants have been popular for years due to the way their structure mimics the look and feel of natural breast tissue. The implants are composed of a shell and silicone gel, making them firmer than saline implants. But with these positives, there are also some drawbacks to consider. Implant ruptures are rare, but if your silicone implant were to rupture, it may go undetected. Because of this, if you choose silicone for your breast implants, you will be required to have an MRI scan every few years to check the condition of your implants. These implants are approved for women 22 and older.
Saline implants are filled with sterile saline with the consistency of water. The main benefit of saline is safety! In the event of a rupture, the implant would deflate and become noticeable to you right away, so no MRI scans are necessary. The saline can also be safely absorbed by the body. This makes the implant safe for women 18 years and older. However, saline implants don’t act as closely to the natural breast tissue and in some cases, visual rippling can occur.
Gummy Bear Implant
Gummy bear implants are relatively new to the market. They are composed of a thicker silicone and are form-stable, meaning they maintain their shape even if the shell is broken, so you won’t need to worry about a leakage. This thicker silicone makes the implants firmer and can provide more projection to the breasts. Placement for these implants requires a slightly larger incision and like regular silicone implants, you must be 22 or older to obtain them.
The IDEAL implant is the latest breast implant to enter the market. The implant is made entirely of saline material, so you won’t have to worry about a silent rupture or MRI scans. The implants are composed of multiple shell chambers, giving them the structure of silicone for a natural firmness and movement. This unique structure also reducing the risk of rupture, rippling, or capsular contracture! Many patients prefer the IDEAL implant over other implant types because it combines the benefits of saline and silicone.