Types of Breast Implants
A key reason for the consistent popularity of breast implant plastic surgery is that the procedure is significantly customizable.
Breast implants are available in various sizes, types, profiles, and shapes. The patient can select the most suitable option for her aesthetic and anatomical requirements. During the pre-op consultation, the cosmetic surgeon will discuss various implant types and assist the patient in making the appropriate choice.
Ideally, patients should select implants that enable the breasts to appear more proportionate to their bodies. They should also consider skin tissue availability to accommodate the implant.
For example, they should not choose very large implants when skin availability is limited. This can create implant misshaping or increase implant rippling risks later on.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kiran Gill provides breast implant surgery to patients in Naples, Marco Island, South Florida, and surrounding communities.
Broad Classification of Implants
In breast augmentation plastic surgery, the implants types can mainly be classified as saline and silicone implants. During the pre-op consultation, the cosmetic surgeon will discuss the advantages and limitations of both kinds of breast implants to enable the patient make a well-considered choice.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are regarded as traditional implants and contain a sterile saline solution in the implant core. Such implants are developed to offer a consistent shape, feel, and firmness to the breasts. The implants are FDA-approved for women who are 18 years old or above.
The patient may consider saline implants for breast augmentation for their unique advantages such as a high level of biocompatibility. In the event of an implant leakage or damage, the body will naturally absorb the saline solution, and it will not be a health hazard to the patient.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants are more sought-after by patients today because of their superior aesthetic benefits. These implants contain silicone gel, which has a higher consistency and imitates the natural feel and touch of the breast tissue closely.
The FDA has given the nod to silicone breast implants for women aged 22 years and above. The latest qualities of silicone implants are quite safe because of the cohesive character of the silicone gel.
Ultra Cohesive Silicone Breast Implants
Ultra cohesive or form stable breast implants are commonly known as gummy bear implants as they contain a highly cohesive silicone gel core.
These implants can maintain their shape and form even under pressure because of the stronger consistency of the gel. Additionally, if the implant shell suffers damage, or is cut or broken, it will not cause the silicone gel to leak to other parts of the body.
This enables them to be a safe and aesthetically superior choice for many patients today. Gummy bear implant cost is likely to be relatively higher. However, the aesthetic advantages and long-run patient satisfaction are also higher with these implants in a majority of the cases.
Breast implants are also classified as per their shape, size, profile, and texture. Usual implant sizes are between 120cc and 960cc. The implant can have a round or teardrop shape depending on the patient’s unique aesthetic and anatomical requirements.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kiran Gill receives patients from Naples, Marco Island, South Florida, and neighboring areas for breast implants.
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