Types of Breast Implants
One of the reasons behind the consistent popularity of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery is its customizability. Breast implants are available in different types, sizes, profiles, and shapes, and the patient can choose the most appropriate option to match with their anatomical and aesthetic needs. During the initial consultation, the breast surgeon will explain about various types of implants and help the patient make the right choice.
Patients should ideally choose implants that will help make the breasts proportionate to the rest of the body. However, the availability of skin should also be considered. For instance, very large implants should not be chosen when less skin is available. This will mitigate the risk of implant rippling or misshaping at a later stage. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides breast implant surgery to patients in Dallas, Texas, and surrounding communities.
Implants used in breast augmentation cosmetic surgery primarily be divided into two distinct categories: saline implants and silicone gel implants. The surgeon will explain the pros and cons of each along with their costs, and help the patient make the best selection.
These were the first implants to be approved by the FDA for women over the age of 18, and they still continue to be preferred by many women. These traditional implants are filled with a sterile saline fluid in their core. The implants are designed to provide a natural feel, firmness and shape to the breasts.
In most saline implants, the surgeon can fill the saline solution in the required volume after the deflated implant has been placed in the breast tissue. This allows for the creation of relatively smaller incision to insert the implant. Saline implants are completely safe in the event of a damage or leakage because the leaked saline solution is biocompatible and will be naturally absorbed by the body.
Silicone implants have surpassed saline implants in terms of popularity over the years. Women increasingly prefer these implants for their superior aesthetic appeal and natural touch and feel due to the silicone gel core. The FDA has approved these implants for women over 21 years of age.
The silicone gel mimics the touch and feel of the natural breast tissue. Thousands of women benefit from these implants every year in the US. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas for breast implant surgery.
Form Stable Implants
Form stable implants, popularly known as Gummy Bear implants are ultra cohesive silicone implants. These implants have been introduced in recent years, and their popularity has soared with the FDA’s approval. The highly cohesive and viscous silicone gel core in these implants allows them to maintain form and shape even under pressure.
High viscosity of the silicone gel in these implants also ensures that the gel will not leak out to other areas even when the implant is damaged or broken. All types of breast implants are available in sizes ranging from 120 cc to 960 cc, and in round and anatomical shapes.