A closer look at breast implants
From the moment you decide to undergo breast augmentation, you will be faced with a confusingly vast array of breast implants. In the past, breast implants weren’t that popular, partially due to saline implants being the only option available. These implants feel less natural, but they can be very instrumental under some specific circumstances.
Currently, many new studies confirm an increase on implant usage due to the variety of implants available to choose from. They can be an excellent option for women 18 years or older unhappy with the appearance of their breasts. So let’s take a closer look at the different breast implants to help you determine which option can help you achieve your goals with the most natural-looking results possible.
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Breast implants can be filled with two substances: saline water and silicone gel. However, there are some advantages and disadvantages you should keep in mind.
- Saline implants – These implants are filled with saline fluid and available for breast augmentation to all women over the age of 18. First, the surgeon will insert a silicone shell and fill it to the desired volume. The folds of saline can be seen and felt, something known as implant wrinkling. Saline water is a natural substance found in the human body, so if the implant ever breaks, it can be absorbed naturally. These implants are inserted empty, and the surgeon will inflate them with saline fluid injections. This allows the surgeon more control over the desired size. Also, this implant option involves the least amount of scarring. Nevertheless, implant ruptures are more visible when they happen with this type of implants. They feel less natural, and they are harder and rounder holding their shape much less.
- Silicone implants – These implants feel more natural and they are available to women 22 years of age or older. They are softer and more flexible, like natural breasts. In women with a smaller BMI, however, these implants are more visible and look more out of place due to their volume. The advantage is that you can choose a breast size in advance, and these implants hold the shape well. In case of leak or rupture, it may take longer to realize that the implant is leaking. Thankfully, there are no medical problems associated with leakage if it ever happens. However, when a leak or rupture occurs, there is a higher risk of capsular contracture, which can create scarring around the implant, and make the breast feel hard.
- Gummy bear implants – This is the new generation of implants made up of silicone that resembles the material of a gummy bear. While they are relatively new in the United States, they have been used in Europe for quite a while. They keep their shape best than all other implants, and there is little to no risk of leakage and capsular contracture when compared to the traditional silicone implants. On the other hand, the incision for this implant can be quite large risking noticeable scarring. The procedure for placing these implants require more precision, so you must make sure a surgeon like Dr.Fisher, trained in this type of surgery, places them.
Will I have to replace my implants?
It all depends on the type of implants you choose. Some implants can last up to 20 years, while others may need to be replaced after ten years of usage. Some of the reasons for their replacement include wrinkling, when it doesn’t look symmetrical, or in case of a rupture or infection. If you notice any signs of the above-described scenarios, contact your surgeon immediately.
Now that you know your choices, there is no need to feel overwhelmed. Write down which implants you prefer and discuss it with Dr. Fisher during your initial consultation. Take advantage of our free consultation and call us to schedule one today!