Silicone, Saline, Gummy Bear, Smooth, Textured or Round? Choosing Your Breast Implants

Silicone, Saline, Gummy Bear, Smooth, Textured or Round? Choosing Your Breast Implants

If you want round, plump breasts then you will benefit best from a breast augmentation procedure. If you have never had a chance to consider breast implants before, you are probably not even sure where to begin. There are many options to consider and the type of implant you choose should be based on your personal decision along with the decision of your doctor.

Breast Implants

Many people automatically think silicone when they hear the word implant. Traditionally, this was the most commonly used type; however, other implants are being introduced as well.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone is a gel-like substance that provides a natural feel. When a hand is placed on the breast, silicone will mimic the feel of a real breast.

It is possible for a silicone implant to pop or leak and this can lead to an additional procedure if needed. Since the silicone is a gel, the breast will not deflate or collapse on you.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants are another option that are filled with salt water that has been sterilized. The implant provides a firm feel and does not feel as natural as the silicone. Saline breasts are round and uniform in shape to provide a symmetrical look.

If a saline implant pops on you, the breast will collapse and you will need to see your cosmetic surgeon right away to fix the problem.

Round Breast Implants

Round implants are another type that are used to make the breasts appear round. The breasts maintain an even and perky shape once they are in place.

Gummy Bear Implants

Gummy bear implants are often referred to as form-stable as well. They are named gummy bear because when the shell of the implant breaks, the breast maintains its shape and does not collapse, sink, or rotate. The implant is filled with a silicone gel, but the silicone is a great deal thicker than traditional silicone.

Textured Breast Implants

If you are worried about your new breasts not feeling like breasts, textured implants are ideal for you. They work by developing scar tissue that adheres to them making them less likely to rotate and feel they more like a natural breast.

Smooth Breast Implants

Smooth implants do not provide a firm or hard feel, but a soft one. The implant is able to freely move within the pocket of the breast which means the breast appears to be more natural.

Age Requirements for Implants

Although it may sound strange, there are age requirements to get a breast augmentation. Saline implants can be implanted into anyone 18 years of age or older, but silicone ones require the patient to be a minimum of 22 years old.

Risks Involved in Breast Augmentation

There are risks that can be involved in having the breast augmentation procedure performed. While you do not need to panic about the risks, it is important to keep them in mind for when you undergo the procedure. Some of the biggest risks include:

  • Pain in the breasts
  • Swelling
  • Loss of sensation
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Infections
  • Rupturing of the implant

Advantages of Breast Implants

Many women are unhappy with the way their breasts look. Whether the breasts are too small, large, or they are just not centered correctly, you can find the relief you need. Breast augmentation offers a number of advantages that may outweigh the risks for you. Some of the advantages include:

  • They can be replaced
  • Enhance the size of your breast
  • Helps you fill out clothing and bathing suits
  • Provides an even look
  • Prevents oddly shaped and sized breasts
  • Centers your breasts
  • Boosts confidence
  • Variety of choices

Get a Consultation First

Before you jump on the breast implant wagon, make sure it is something you want to do. Remember, everyone will instantly notice that something is different about you and you may get unwanted attention. Your South Florida cosmetic surgeon can help you choose the right breast implant for your shape, age, and size. You will have the opportunity to discuss sizing of the implant as well. Whether you choose to boost from an A-cup to a C-cup or even a DD-cup, you will love your new breasts. 

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