Breast Implants

A breast implant is a prosthesis used to change the size, shape, and contour of a woman’s breast. In reconstructive plastic surgery, breast implants can be placed to restore a natural looking breast mound for post–mastectomy breast reconstruction patients or to correct congenital defects and deformities of the chest wall. They are also used cosmetically to enhance or enlarge the appearance of the breast through breast augmentation surgery.

There are three general types of breast implant devices, defined by their filler material: saline solution, silicone gel, and composite filler. The saline implant has an elastomer silicone shell filled with sterile saline solution during surgery; the silicone implant has an elastomer silicone shell pre-filled with viscous silicone gel; and the alternative composition implants featured miscellaneous fillers, such as soy oil, polypropylene string, etc.

Breast Implant Options

Today, there are two types of breast implants commonly used for mammoplasty, breast reconstruction, and breast augmentation procedures:

  • Saline implant filled with sterile saline solution.
  • Silicone implant filled with viscous silicone gel.
  • Gummy Bear Implants

Breast implants come in round and teardrop shapes, as well as a broad range of sizes. They are also available in a number of different profile ranges – low, moderate, and high – to accommodate your goals regarding rate of projection. At your initial consultation, Dr. Reetesh Purwar will show you many different examples of breast implant sizes and shapes, and you can even hold some of them to feel the differences.

Types of breast implants are:

Saline Breast Implants

The most common type of implant used in breast augmentation, saline breast implants are composed of a saline (salt-water) solution encased by an outer shell made of silicone. These implants have been in use for decades, and have proven to be very effective for adding volume to the breasts with beautiful results. Saline breast implants are approved by the U.S. FDA for patients over the age of 18.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are made of a thick silicone gel encased by a silicone outer shell. They are known for their ability to create a very natural appearance and feel. Silicone implants are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for breast augmentation procedures in patients over the age of 22. They are approved for use in breast reconstruction procedures for patients of any age.

Gummy Bear Implants

Also called cohesive gel implants, gummy bear implants are one of the most exciting recent innovations in breast augmentation. Designed to provide the most natural looking and feeling results possible while also potentially enhancing the safety of breast enlargement surgery, gummy bear implants are distinctive due to the thickness of the silicone gel inside the shell, so that it is more like a warm “gummy bear” (even if cut in half). This cohesive gel retains it shape better than traditional implants, helping to reduce the risk of rippling. Studies have also shown that gummy bear implants may reduce the risk of capsular contracture (scar tissue formation leading to hardness) and implant leakage, even when placed above the muscle to avoid the deformation that occurs after sub-muscular implant placement when the chest muscles contract. As with other implant types, gummy bear implants are FDA-approved and come in a variety of heights, widths, and projections outward.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you would like to learn more about your breast implant options, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Purwar to talk about your breast enhancement goals, please contact Ageless Impressions Plastic Surgery Institute today.