Types of breast implants - Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center

Types of breast implants


Larry Weinstein MD FACSIf you’re considering breast augmentation surgery in the New Year, you will have various options to consider when it comes to breast implant type. Silicone, saline, round, smooth, textured – how do you choose which is best for you? Read on to learn more about the different types of implants to help you as you prepare for your consultation with Dr. Weinstein.

Silicone implants

The most popular implant due to its natural feel, silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. These are FDA approved for women age 22 or older. If you get silicone implants, you will want to have regular visits with your plastic surgeon to make sure the implants are in good condition and haven’t ruptured. If this implant type leaks, the gel may stay within the shell of the implant, or it may leak into the breast implant pocket. You may not notice because a leaking silicone gel implant doesn’t collapse like a saline implant would.

Gummy bear implants

Also known as form-stable implants, gummy bear implants get their name from the high viscosity of the gel that makes it like a gummy bear candy when it’s split. These “no-drip” breast implants are in improvement over saline implants, because if the implant shell ruptures, the gel won’t leak into the breast implant pocket. It maintains its shape. These implants do require slightly longer incisions in the skin for placement in the breast implant pocket.

Saline implants

Not as popular as silicone implants, saline breast implants are filled with sterile saltwater. These are FDA approved for use in women age 18 or older. They provide a uniform shape and firmness. People who choose saline breast implants like the fact that if the implant shell leaks or ruptures, the implant will collapse, and the saline will be naturally absorbed and expelled by the body.

Breast augmentation surgery is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that can be combined with other procedures to achieve the look you desire. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein by calling (908) 879-2222.

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