What are the different types of breast implants?

Breast implants are medical devices with a solid silicone shell. The implant shell may be filled with either silicone gel or saline solutions (sterile salt water). Both silicone and saline breast implants are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  

A major difference between silicone and saline implants is the feel of the implants.  Silicone implants feel more natural and are less likely to show rippling (surface irregularities that can be seen through the skin). Therefore, silicone implants are the most commonly used for breast reconstruction and breast augmentation.  There are several different types of silicone gels that are utilized. Old silicone had the consistency of honey, whereas the newer generation breast implants have a consistency more similar to jello. You may have heard of these by the term “gummy bear,” cohesive gel or form-stable implants.  This is because if they are cut or break they will hold their shape. On the other hand, if a saline implant ruptures, the fluid inside will be absorbed by your body and therefore the breast will look deflated.  

I specialize in breast reconstruction and breast augmentation surgery and want to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.  If you are having a breast augmentation, I will use our Vectra 3-D imaging system that allows you to visualize how the different implants look on your body at your initial consultation.  This allows you to make an informed decision on the style and size of implant you would like. Call today to schedule your consultation at my office located in Troy, Michigan 248-524-0620

Sarah Elswick, MD

Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery