Which breast implant option is best for me? - Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center

Which breast implant option is best for me?

Even though breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, the decision go undergo surgery is a highly personal one. There are many decisions to make, including the size, shape and type of implant used. Read on to learn more about the differences in implant types.

Saline implants

Saline breast implants consist of a silicone outer shell filled with sterile salt water. These implants offer a lot of flexibility as they aren’t filled until they are inserted into the breast implant pocket. The surgeon has the flexibility with size, and they require smaller incisions than silicone implants. FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 18 or older, saline implants provide a uniform shape and feel. If they leak, the implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body. You will know when a saline implant has ruptured.

Silicone implants

The most popular implant option, silicone gel implants are filled with silicone gel. FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 22 or older, these are popular because the gel feels more like natural breast tissue. If the implant ruptures, however, the gel may stay in the shell or escape into the breast implant pocket. Since it won’t collapse, you will need to see Dr. Weinstein regularly to make sure the implants have remained intact. An ultrasound or MRI may be used to assess the condition of the implants.

Gummy bear implants

As the name implies, gummy bear implants are “no-drip” implants that maintain their shape even if the shell of the implant has ruptured. The silicone gel inside a gummy bear implant is thicker than traditional silicone gel implants, providing a firmer implant. Gummy bear implants are tapered at the top and have more projection at the bottom. These implants require a slightly longer incision in the skin for placement.

Breast augmentation can be a life-changing surgery and give you the larger, firmer breasts you desire. To learn more, call our office today at (908) 879-2222 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein.

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