Once you've made the decision to undergo breast augmentation, the next important step is selecting the appropriate implant material. At our practice, we offer a variety of breast implants, each capable of delivering an attractive and natural outcome. However, there are subtle distinctions between them that we will explore to help you make an informed choice.
What is Breast Implant?
A breast implant is a device that is surgically inserted into the breasts to increase their size and improve their shape. It typically consists of a silicone shell filled with either saline or silicone gel. Breast implants are used in various cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to achieve desired breast appearance.
What are the Different Types of Breast Implants?
Gummy Bear Implants
Gummy bear implants, otherwise referred to as highly cohesive silicone gel implants, are breast implants that are made with a form-stable, cohesive silicone gel. The gel inside these implants maintains its shape and consistency, similar to the texture of gummy bear candies. They are known for their natural-looking results and reduced risk of leakage.
Saline implants are another type of breast implants that are filled with sterile saltwater (saline solution). They are inserted into the breast pocket in an empty state and then filled up until the desired size is achieved. Saline implants provide a firm feel and can be adjusted during surgery, but may have a less natural appearance compared to silicone implants.
Silicone implants are a type of breast implant filled with a cohesive silicone gel. They come in various sizes and shapes, offering a more natural feel and appearance compared to saline implants. Silicone implants are popular because they can replicate the texture of natural breast tissue, providing a desirable and natural-feeling result for many patients.
What Are the Differences Between These Implants?
Gummy bear, saline, and silicone implants are three different types of breast implants, each with distinct characteristics. Gummy bear implants are filled with a cohesive gel that retains its shape, providing a natural feel. Saline implants contain a sterile saltwater solution, and they are adjustable in size. Silicone implants are filled with a soft, cohesive gel that mimics the texture of natural breast tissue. The differences lie in their filling material, feel, and shape retention. The choice of implant type depends on the patient's desired outcome, body type, and surgeon's recommendation to achieve the best results.
How Do You Choose a Breast Implant?
Choosing the right breast implant type requires careful consideration of various factors. First, discuss your goals and desired outcomes with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can provide expert advice. Consider the differences between gummy bear, saline, and silicone implants, including their feel, shape, and potential risks. Evaluate your body type, lifestyle, and preferences to determine which implant will best complement your natural figure. Additionally, understand the implant's safety and potential for complications. Lastly, review before and after photos to visualize the potential results. With thorough research and guidance from a qualified surgeon, you can make an informed decision to achieve the desired breast augmentation outcome.
Why Choose Dr. Lampert for Breast Implants?
At Lampert MD Plastic Surgery, Dr. Joshua Lampert, MD, and his highly skilled team are committed to aiding patients in achieving their aesthetic goals and enhancing their quality of life. With a wealth of experience serving patients in Miami and beyond, Dr. Lampert's expertise, gained from reputable institutions like The Mount Sinai Hospital, enables him to curate individualized treatment plans to meet every patient's unique needs. For those unsure about the best breast implant type, our team provides expert guidance to make informed decisions and ensure a more fulfilling life. Schedule a private consultation to explore our breast implant procedures and embark on your aesthetic journey.
Breast Implant FAQ
How long do breast implants usually last?
Breast implants usually last around 10 to 20 years.
Do breast implants hurt over time?
Breast implants may cause discomfort or pain over time, but not for everyone.
What happens to breast implants when you get old?
As breast implants age, they may experience changes like rupture or leakage.
Is there upkeep with breast implants?
Breast implants may require occasional follow-up and potential replacement.
How common is breast implant illness?
Breast implant illness is a debated condition with some reported cases but not as common as other implant-related issues.