Since every woman’s body is unique and each patient has different surgical goals. There is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” breast implant. During your initial breast augmentation consultation, our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Crabtree, will talk with you about your goals, answer your questions, and show you a number of different breast implant options so that you can get a firsthand look at the differences. Dr. Crabtree will review all of your options, including:
- Implant type
- Incision technique
Dr. Crabtree outlines all of the information you need to make an informed decision about your implant selection.
Saline and Silicone Breast Implants
There are two types of implants that are currently used for breast augmentation procedures: saline and silicone. These implants are made of a salt-water solution encased in a silicone outer shell. They have been used in breast augmentation procedures for decades with great success. However, saline implants may look and feel less natural than silicone implants because they are heavier and firmer.
Silicone breast implants offer a more natural look and feel, and are not known to cause a “rippling” effect that can sometimes occur with saline implants. The gels have become even more cohesive. This means that they are thicker, hold their shape better, and if they were to leak, the gel wouldn’t go anywhere. These are commonly referred to as “gummy bear” implants and when you cut the implants in half, the gel is firm like a gummy bear. The outer shells on these implants have also been improved, further reducing the rupture rate to single digit percentages. Recent studies also show a significantly decreased capsular contracture (internal firm scar) rate than was seen with older generation implants. Though silicone implants have a lower deflation rate, a ruptured silicone implant can be more difficult to detect. This makes it necessary for all women who have breast implants, either saline or silicone, to do routine self-exams, follow their physicians recommended mammogram schedule and let their doctor know of any concerns they may have.