A Quick Guide on Choosing The Right Breast Implants
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.
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.
|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.
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.