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What Are Breast Implants Made Of?

Types of breast implants

Breast augmentation represents a transformative journey toward self-confidence and personal satisfaction, often marking a significant milestone in one’s personal aesthetic journey. A crucial decision in this process is selecting the right type of breast implant, as the choice significantly influences the final appearance, feel, and satisfaction with the results.

To aid in making an informed decision, it’s essential to delve into the specifics of saline breast implants and silicone breast implants. Understanding the composition, texture, and long-term considerations of these implants will provide a solid foundation for making a choice that aligns with your aesthetic goals and lifestyle needs.

By exploring the nuances of saline and silicone implants, we aim to empower you with the knowledge necessary for a decision that enhances your body confidence and overall well-being.

Saline Implants

Saline filled breast implant.

Saline filled breast implants are known for combining safety with versatility. The durable silicone shell of these implants is filled with sterile saline solution. This design allows for a high degree of adjustability, as the implants can either be pre-filled or filled during surgery.

This unique feature enables surgeons to customize the size of the implants during the procedure, ensuring a perfect fit for each patient’s body and aesthetic goals. Saline implants are generally firmer and less dense than silicone gel filled implants, which can influence their feel and appearance, making them suitable for patients who prefer a firmer look and feel.

In terms of safety, saline implants offer an added layer of reassurance. In the rare event of a rupture, the body can safely absorb the saline solution. However, this safety feature means that the implant will deflate and require replacement, necessitating additional surgery for the patient.

Silicone Gel Implants

Silicone filled breast implant.

Silicone filled breast implants are designed to closely mimic the feel of natural breast tissue, making them a popular choice among patients seeking a more natural look and feel. The outer shell of these implants is made of silicone, and they are filled with a thick, cohesive silicone gel that resembles the consistency of human fat.

This composition provides a soft, realistic feel and natural movement, which many patients find appealing. While silicone implants offer a more natural breast feel, they also require vigilant monitoring. Unlike saline implants, a rupture in an implant filled with silicone gel might not be immediately noticeable because the gel can remain within the implant shell or get trapped in the breast tissue.

Regular health checks, including MRI or ultrasound scans are necessary to ensure the integrity of the implants over time. These regular monitoring practices are essential to detect any issues early and ensure the ongoing health and safety of the patient.

Gummy Bear Implants

Damaged torn gummy bear breast implant in surgeon's hand.

Gummy bear implants are a distinct type of silicone implant, named for their gummy candy-like consistency. Made from highly cohesive silicone gel, these implants stand out for their shape retention, even when cut in half. This form stability means less wrinkling or folding, ensuring a uniform shape over time.

A key advantage of gummy bear implants is their lower risk of leakage due to the gel’s thickness, which tends to stay within the implant shell in case of a rupture. Firmer than traditional silicone breast implants, they nonetheless offer a natural look and feel, closely resembling breast tissue.

Known for maintaining their position within the breast, they are ideal for those desiring a more defined shape, such as enhanced projection or fullness at the top of the breast. These attributes make gummy bear implants a popular choice in breast augmentation.

Comparing Silicone and Saline Implants

Silicone and saline implants.

Each type of implant for breast augmentation offers unique benefits. Saline implants provide safety in case of rupture and are adjustable, while silicone implants offer a more natural look and feel.

The decision between the two depends on individual aesthetic goals, body types, and health considerations. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is vital in making an informed choice.

Maintenance and Monitoring

Regular check-ups are crucial for maintaining the health and appearance of breast implants, including routine monitoring for any signs of complications or changes. Both saline and silicone breast implants may require replacement over time due to aesthetic changes, aging, or complications. It’s important to understand that breast implants are not lifetime devices.

Regular Check-Ups and Monitoring for Complications

Doctor examining breast of young woman.

At Aesthetic Surgery Institute, we stress the importance of routine check-ups for maintaining the health and appearance of breast implants. These visits allow us to assess the implants and surrounding tissues, ensuring everything remains in optimal condition.

We also recommend regular imaging tests like MRI or ultrasound to detect any internal changes that might not be immediately apparent. These are crucial for identifying issues such as capsular contracture or implant rupture early on.

Replacement Considerations and Personalized Care

It’s essential to understand that breast implants, whether saline or silicone, are not lifetime devices. Over time, they may require replacement due to factors like aging, weight fluctuations, or the natural aging of the implant material.

We provide personalized follow-up care, adapting our approach to each patient’s unique situation. Our team is always ready to assist with any concerns, schedule additional procedures if necessary, and offer guidance on home care and recognizing signs of complications.

Regular maintenance and vigilant monitoring are key to the longevity and safety of your breast implants. At Aesthetic Surgery Institute, we’re committed to offering comprehensive care and support, ensuring your breast augmentation results continue to bring you satisfaction and confidence.

Breast Augmentation with Aesthetic Surgery Institute

Breast implant consultation.

Choosing to undergo a breast implant procedure is a deeply personal and significant decision. At Aesthetic Surgery Institute, we understand the importance of being thoroughly informed about the different types of breast implants, their materials, and the care they require.

Our goal is to empower you to make a choice about breast implant surgery that resonates with your personal aesthetic goals and lifestyle. Engaging in a detailed discussion with our qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeons is your key step toward a safe and satisfying breast augmentation procedure experience.

We are committed to guiding you through every step of this process, ensuring that you feel confident and informed in your decision-making process. Visit us at Aesthetic Surgery Institute to learn more and start your journey toward the results you desire.


*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person