Types of Breast Implants
The most common types of breast implants are either saline or silicone. here are also variants of implants called “form stable” which are implants that come in various contours such as a teardrop or “gummy bear” shape.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants have been a highly popular breast implant option for years. Many patients say they look and feel the most like “real breasts.” Silicone implants are filled with a gel silicone that feels a bit like a gummy bear. Silicone implants are filled with a certain number of cc’s to the requested size. One benefit of silicone implants is that if it breaks or ruptures (which is rare), the silicone stays within the implant shell. Silicone breast implants are used in the vast majority of our surgeries.
Saline breast implants are filled with a solution of water and salt. The implant is an empty shell that is filled with the desired amount of cc’s after insertion. Saline is similar to the plasma in the body, which is a major benefit for some patients. Should the breast implant leak, the body can safely absorb the saline. Neaman Plastic Surgery rarely uses saline implants.
Form Stable Implants
Dubbed the “gummy bear implant,” these breast implants look and feel natural, and are designed specifically to be placed over the muscle. It’s a great choice for patients who want to avoid the more invasive below-the-muscle breast implant surgery.