When considering breast augmentation surgery, one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make is between the different types of breast implant. You’re probably wondering, “what are the different types of breast implants?!”. The world of breast implants is diverse, offering options to suit various preferences and body types, including choices from popular brands available in the US. In this blog, we’ll delve into the different kinds of breast implants, exploring the technical aspects and helping you understand which one might be the perfect fit for your aesthetic goals.

The wide world of breast implants

Breast implants have come a long way over the years, offering various options from reputable brands in the US market. Whether you’re looking for a natural feel or a particular look, there’s a breast implant that may be the perfect type for you. Let’s delve into the different types of breast implants available, considering both the technical and aesthetic aspects.

A type of breast implant being held by a board-certified plastic surgeon

Silicone breast implants

Silicone breast implants have been a popular choice for many years and come in various options from reputable brands like Mentor, Allergan/Abbvie, and Sientra. These implants are composed of a silicone shell filled with cohesive silicone gel. The cohesive gel in these implants is designed to mimic the natural feel of breast tissue and maintain its shape. The gel also reduces the risk of rippling and provides a realistic appearance and feel. Silicone breast implants tend to be more forgiving of natural breast contour deficits and come in a large variety of shapes, profiles (projections), and sizes. The form stable cohesive gel that is currently available has a lower capsular contracture rate than the older silicone implants which were more liquid in nature. The current form stable cohesive gel silicone resembles a jello firmness.

Saline breast implants

Saline breast implants, available from brands like Mentor, Allergan/Abbvie, consist of a silicone shell filled with a sterile saltwater solution. These implants are adjustable, making them suitable for fine-tuning the size particularly in the case of asymmetry. In the event of implant rupture, the body safely absorbs the saline, making it a safe and easily detectable option. Saline implants however tend to cause palpable ripples with time which can sometimes be also visible.

Gummy bear implants (highly cohesive gel)

Gummy bear implants, offered by reputable brands like Allergan/Abbvie, Mentor, and Sientra, as well as other smaller companies such as Implantech, are filled with a highly cohesive silicone gel. This gel is designed to maintain its shape, providing a natural look and feel. Even if the implant shell were to rupture, the cohesive gel stays intact. These implants are a suitable choice for those looking for natural and long-term results. Think of the inside resembling a gummy bear candy.

The Allergan Natrelle 410 highly cohesive gel implants have been voluntarily recalled due to its textured outside shell being associated in a rare instance with Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA ALCL).

BIA ALCL is a rare disease seen in the capsule formed around textured implants. The disease is curable with surgical excision of the entire capsule. In the very rare instance, chemotherapy or radiation may be required in a late stage BIA ALCL.

To learn more about the different breast implants available, schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Koo today.

Breast implant considerations and comparisons

Choosing between the different breast implants involves comparing various technical factors. Factors to consider include:

    • Filler material

    • Implant shell texture

    • Implant size

    • Implant shape

    • Placement options

    • Incision techniques used for the placement

Each type of breast implant, whether silicone, saline or ‘Gummy bear’, has its own set of technical features, advantages, pros and cons, making it important to find the one that aligns with your goals. Your plastic surgeon will guide you through the decision process to optimize your outcome based on your body and aesthetic preferences.

Choosing the right breast implant type for you

Selecting the right kind of breast implant is a personal decision that should take into account both your technical preferences and aesthetic goals. At Dr. Koo’s Private Practice, we discuss this breast implant selection with our patients during in-depth pre-consultations. We can help you assess your goals, understand your options, suitable brands, and make an informed choice that aligns with your vision for the perfect look.

The variety and range of breast implants available ensures that you can achieve your perfect look while preserving your comfort and confidence. The decision may feel overwhelming, but with the right guidance, you can confidently select the ideal breast implant type to enhance your appearance.

A woman working with her surgeon to choose the right type of breast implant

Begin your journey to the perfect you with Dr. Michele Koo

If you’re considering breast augmentation in St. Louis, Missouri, and need personalized guidance, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experienced team is here to help you achieve your desired look while prioritizing your comfort and well-being. You can contact us on office@drmichelekoo.com or (314) 984-8331.

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