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

Get Your Confidence Back! Solutions For Breast Surgery Recovery

Over the past 25 years, I have performed many reconstructive breast surgeries. Some on women who have undergone breast surgery and some on women who have undergone a mastectomy – all with a common goal to restore their femininity and natural appearance by reconstructing their breasts.

New medical techniques and devices have made it possible for surgeons to create a breast that can come close in form and appearance to matching a natural breast. There are often many options to consider and discuss with your doctor to determine what is best for you. After undergoing the surgical procedure, creating the nipple/areola is the final component to making your breast reconstruction complete; our permanent areola/nipple repigmentation techniques uses cosmetically tattooed micropigmentation as a way to restore the natural beauty of your breasts. It takes into consideration breast contour, areola position and creates the illusion of nipple protrusion factoring in your own skin tone and color.

The reconstruction of the nipple/areola helps to put the finishing touches on the new breast after a long journey in reconstruction. There are a number of factors that help determine which method of breast and nipple reconstruction are right for you. All of the options would be discussed during your consultation. For most mastectomy patients, breast reconstruction dramatically improves their appearance and quality of life following surgery.

Contact 248-524-0620 to set an appointment to discuss your options.