Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries today and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon now that more options are coming to the market. If you have opted to have a breast augmentation, you may be in the stage of deciding what type of implant to choose. Today we will discuss the different features and benefits of the three types of implants which will hopefully help you to define which type suits your aesthetic goals.
Saline implants consist of an outer shell that’s filled with a saline type solution that is comprised of salt and purified water. These implants provide shape and firmness with the ability to slightly increase or decrease size once they’re placed before completing the procedure. This type also has a natural filling making them very safe in the event that an implant was to rupture. This is because the saline can be safely absorbed by the body.
Silicone implants use a silicone gel filling to mimic the feeling of natural breast tissue. The silicone gel feels natural while at the same time holding its shape. This type of implant comes in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit any patient’s preference. Something to keep in mind is that in the event an implant ruptures, the implant will deflate but the gel will not be able to be absorbed, therefore a trip to your surgeon is imminent.
Cohesive Gel or “Gummy Bear”
One of the newer implant types, the cohesive gel is an implant that uses a silicone gel of a firmer substance that when cut into doesn’t “run” or spill. This can be seen as a positive in that they do not run the same risk of traveling into the body or deflate if it were to rupture. However, it is important to note that issues may be hard to detect with this type, so keeping a good relationship with your surgeon is important.
If you are interested in learning more about the different types of implants available, contact Azouz Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Azouz.