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Types of Breast Implants Explained


You probably already know of the two main breast implant types: silicone breast implants, and saline breast implants. But did you know that breast implants also come in different shapes, sizes and textures? You have much more options than you may realise.

The type of breast implant that you select will, in part, determine the breast implant placement your surgeon uses. In addition, your choice influences the breast implant risks and complications to which you may be vulnerable. Educating yourself about these options prior to your breast augmentation will lead you to make better choices for yourself, achieve the results you’re looking for, and feel better about yourself.

Silicone Breast Implants

Once upon a time, silicone implants had a bad reputation because of health and safety concerns. However, this is no longer the case. Silicone is now known as a safe, FDA-approved breast implant type.

Old silicone breast implants contained liquid silicone. This meant that if the implant tore or ruptured, the silicone could leak into the body, causing a number of health problems. Nowadays, silicone breast implants are being made with a cohesive silicone gel.

Cohesive gel stays together, so in the unfortunate event that the implant ruptured, the gel would stay in place.

Saline Breast Implants

Exactly as their name suggests, saline breast implants are filled with salt water. Not just any salt water, though. It’s completely sterile and kept from exposure to the environment to prevent contamination. The saline is contained within a silicone shell, which secures the liquid, and helps give the breasts a more natural feel.

Some saline implants are pre-filled by the manufacturer. However, others come empty and are filled with saline by the surgeon during breast augmentation surgery. The incision needed to place the empty implant is much smaller than one required to place a full one. This means your surgery will be shorter, less painful, quicker recovery and you’ll have reduced scarring.

Also, if a saline implant tears or ruptures, the liquid will only be absorbed and discharged by your body. Saline breast implants are also FDA-approved.

Breast Implant Shells

Both silicone breast implants and saline breast implants come in a thick, silicone-based shell—also known as an envelope or lumen—that is designed to be as durable as possible. Breast implant shells are made of a highly stable silicone elastomer, and normally, have multiple layers to help shield the implant and avoid tears and ruptures.

Smooth Breast Implants

Smooth breast implants are softer and can move a bit more freely within the pocket constructed to hold them within the breast. Smooth breast implants tend to last longer and are often less likely to cause breast rippling.

Textured Breast Implants

Although they were designed to reduce the risk of capsular contracture, there is no conclusive evidence that says textured breast implants are effective in this function. Yet, one advantage they have is their texture prevents movement in the breast pocket, making breast implant displacement less likely.

Breast Implant Shape

When you visit us for your free consultation, we encourage you to bring photos of the size and shape of breasts you desire. It’s important to remember that every body is different, and your breasts won’t look exactly like the images you choose. However, the photos will help give your surgeon an idea of what you’re looking for, what your expectations are, and which breast implant shape to use. The two basic breast implant shapes are round and teardrop.

Round Implant Shape

Round breast implants are ideal for women who want more fullness in the upper part of the breast, and more cleavage. Round implants will not look out of place if they do rotate, as they keep the exact shape at any angle.

Teardrop Implant Shape

Teardrop implants slope downward like the shape of a natural breast. These implants are generally used for women with smaller frames who a more natural look or who just want to increase volume.

Breast Implant Size

The volume of an implant is what determines its size. This volume is measured in cubic centimetres or ccs. You may already have an idea of the breast implant size you want. However, it’s important to carefully consider several factors and your surgeon’s recommendations.

Factors such as your lifestyle, career and anatomy influence how to choose breast implant size.

Your anatomy will help determine what breast implant size will look the most natural, and will be in proportion with the rest of your figure. Your surgeon will administer all the required tests and measurements to decide what breast implant is right for you.  For more information on breast implants visit http://www.esteemmedispa.com.au/cosmetic-surgery/breast-surgery/breast-augmentation-enlargement/.