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Types of Implants

All breast implants have a silicone outer shell. The filler material can be of two types: saline or silicone. Safety of breast implants is often in the news and has been an important topic in plastic surgery for many years. As discussed previously, the FDA approved the use of silicone implants in breast augmentation in 2006 after years of study proved them to be safe. In fact, breast implants are some of the most rigorously investigated and researched medical devices available. The type of implant selected will be based on the discussion between the patient and our physician. Advantages and disadvantages exist for both.

Saline implants

Advantages:

  • Less expensive
  • Smaller incisions
  • Ruptures are easy to detect since the implant quickly deflates
  • Allows for more ease in placing different volumes in each breast since the implant is filled during surgery

Disadvantages:

  • Feels less natural
  • More prone to rippling

Silicone implants

Advantages:

  • More natural and softer feel
  • Less rippling compared to saline implants
  • Can give a less “augmented” look in certain patients with thin skin

Disadvantages:

  • More expensive
  • Requires larger incisions
  • Not FDA approved for patients under the age of 22

If you would like to learn more about teardrop shaped or gummy bear implants, check out Dr. Setty’s blog post.