If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery or are already planning to schedule the procedure, one of the decisions you’ll have to make is which of the types of breast implants to get. Several options are available, but every patient is different. It’s best to know your options and decide which will work best for your goals.
Different Types of Breast Implants in 2021
The types of breast implants can be divided into two broad categories: saline and silicone. However, there is also the additional option of receiving implants that are a combination of the two materials. Each type has unique properties that will impact whether they are the right kind for a person considering implants.
Saline Breast implants
Saline implants are filled with salt water, or saline solution – hence the name. They are put in place before being filled with the sterile solution. This creates a better shape and fit on the body, and also means a much smaller incision. In the event the implant leaks, the body simply absorbs the solution as the implant collapses. One of the reasons women choose this implant is due to its uniform shape. Saline implants have been approved for women aged 18 or older by the FDA.
Within the saline implant option, patients can consider receiving structured saline breast implants. Like regular saline implants, they contain saltwater, but they also are “shaped” with an inner structure to create an even more natural feel. An informed surgeon like Dr. Lapuerta can answer questions and explain why some women might prefer this option over other types of breast implants.
Silicone Breast Implants
The other main type of breast implant is silicone implant. This type is pre-filled with silicone gel, requiring a larger incision during the procedure. Some patients prefer silicone implants because they have a more natural feel and look that is similar to breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the shape will not deflate. The gel may stay inside the implant or it may leak into the pocket.
The FDA has approved silicone implants for use in women aged 22 and older. You may need to visit a doctor regularly and have an ultrasound or MRI to check the status of the implants.
Form-stable silicone implants are often referred to as “gummy bear” implants. The silicone is thicker than in traditional implants and firmer. They are firm enough to hold their shape even if the shell gets broken.
Breast Implant Shape Options
When considering how you want to look after breast augmentation, you’ll have to decide on a shape. Round and teardrop are the two main breast implant shape options, and then patients can also decide between receiving smooth or textured implants.
Round-shaped implants make the breasts appear fuller. They have the same shape all around, which lessens the worry about them moving out of place. They also provide more fullness on top, which often makes them an appealing choice.
Teardrop-shaped implants are, as you might guess, shaped like a teardrop – round on the bottom and slightly less full on top. They look more natural, but may feel less natural because they use a thicker, firmer gel.
One of the challenges with breast implants is allowing for natural movement without too much movement that would lead to them getting out of place. This is where smooth vs textured implants come in.
Smooth breast implants are soft with a smooth texture and can move around inside the implant pocket. The result is a movement that is more like your natural breasts. However, they may create rippling under the skin that you can feel or even see.
Textured implants are the opposite of smooth. They develop just enough scar tissue to help them stay in place within the implant pocket. They are less likely to get out of position or move around inside the breast. The texturing helps reduce the risk of a tight scar capsule.
Other Considerations for Implants
Once you know the type of implant you want, you’ll want to move on to the other important considerations for different breast implants. You’ll have to decide on the size of the implant, where it will be placed, and whether you need a breast lift as well. While you can have breast revision surgery to fix any issues, it’s best to get it right the first time.
The most important decision in your journey to breasts you can be happy with is which surgeon you will choose to perform the procedure. Dr. Lapuerta has more than 20 years of experience and performed thousands of breast surgeries. He will sit down with you and answer your questions and help you decide the right answers to the questions about the best breast implant. You can trust Dr. Lapuerta to provide expert results and the best patient care.
To schedule a consultation and learn more about breast augmentation and your options, set up an appointment online or give us a call at 713-340-0990.