Breast augmentations are the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States. There are two groups of implants, saline and silicone gel. While saline is still a good option depending on the patient’s needs, gel implants are increasingly being used. Gel implants offer a more natural feel while reducing the likelihood of spontaneous rupture.
All implants have a similar medical-grade silicone shell, but their contents vary. Saline implants comprise of an outer shell with an internal medical-type saltwater solution. The main disadvantage of saline implants is the way they feel. Saline implants tend to feel either too hard or too soft and are heavier than gel. Additionally, they appear very round and can become wrinkled.
Gel implants, on the other hand, have a natural firmness. These implants can be placed above the muscle without sacrificing appearance, unlike saline implants. In contrast with the heavier saline implants, the force of gravity does not produce a drooping effect on gel implants.
Some silicone gel-filled implants have been known to silently rupture, which means patients with these types of implants should have periodic imaging performed. A great number of leaks can also be determined by a physical exam performed by your healthcare provider.
A new type of gel implant, called the Gummy Bear, can be considered for breast augmentations. Gummy Bear implants are made up of a cohesive silicone that is far less likely to cause concern for rupture. In the event of a rupture, the cohesive silicone would stay intact as opposed to leak. There are certain types of Gummy Bear implants available in the United States, while others are still under review by the FDA.
When researching plastic surgery options for breast enlargement, the different types of available implants should be carefully considered. While saline implants were used for many years, advancements in gel implants have caused a huge increase in their usage. Cosmetic surgeons and patients alike are satisfied with the look and feel of gel implants. While they can cost more than saline implants and require a bit more medical oversight for the detection of rupture, gel implants are growing to be the premium choice for breast augmentation.
For more information and to schedule an evaluation for breast augmentations with Dr. Lakshman, contact us today.