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A Quick Guide on Choosing The Right Breast Implants

July 6, 2015
With several varieties of sizes, shapes and textures of breast implants, I wouldn’t blame anyone for feeling puzzled when choosing which breast implants would look best on their body. When choosing breast implants, you should ask yourself a few questions and think about a few factors. You have to think about what suits your body type and what results you want to see. So, here’s a quick guide on what implants you can choose from when you’re in the decision-making process.

What are silicone and saline breast implants?

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel. The gel feels similar to natural breast tissue and human fat. Most women feel that silicone breast implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue. While rippling in silicone implants is less common, there’s still a risk that it can happen. Thin women with very little breast tissue benefit from silicone breast implants as they look and feel more natural on their body types. Women who are 22 years old and above can have silicone breast implants.
Breasts continue to develop until a woman reaches her late teens or 20s so that’s why there’s an age requirement for this procedure.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. The implants are empty until they’re about to implanted. They’re filled with the fluid once they’re in place. This allows your plastic surgeon to adjust the volume of the implants to suit your body just right. The scar is slightly smaller than what you would get from silicone breast implants.
If the implant shell were to leak, the saline implant collapses, and the saline will be absorbed and the body naturally expels it. Women who are 18 and older can get saline breast implants and they’re available to women of all ages for breast reconstruction.
Round Breast Implants and Tear Drop Breast Implants
Source: SpaMedica. Illustrations of a round gel implant vs. tear drop gel implant.

What are gummy bear and round breast implants?

Gummy Bear Breast Implants (aka Teardrop Cohesive Gel breast implants)

These implants are called gummy bear breast implants because they maintain their shape even if the implant shell breaks. The silicone gel inside the implant is thicker and more cohesive than regular silicone gel implants. Because of their firmness, these implants are believed to be less likely to break.

Gummy bear implants are shapely, like a teardrop shape. There’s more projection at the bottom and the implant tapers towards the top. Since the silicone is firmer than traditional silicone, the implants can be felt more easily compared to round-shaped implants in thin women. Another thing to consider about shaped implants is that if they were to rotate, the breast may look lopsided because of the shape.

Round Breast Implants

Round shaped breast implants are used the most in breast augmentation. Women tend to choose this shape because it gives breasts plenty of cleavage, lift and fullness. Since the shape is round, there’s no risk of the breasts looking irregular if the implants were to shift and move around. While some women prefer the volume and shape these implants provide, others want a more natural looking breast implant shape such as the teardrop shape.

Remember to see a plastic surgeon who has Vectra 3D imaging available at their practice. This technology allows patients to see what breast size and shape looks best on them before the actual procedure. This complimentary service is usually offered during your consultation before surgery. This takes majority of the guessing work out of how your new breasts will look.
Call us at 1-877-695-2835 or book your appointment online so we can get you started on your breast augmentation. 
Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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