Different Types of Breast Implants
Each year, hundreds of thousands of women undergo breast implant surgery, a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the appearance of the breasts. If you are considering breast implant surgery, one of the first questions you will need to ask is: which breast implant is right for me?
There are two main types of breast implants: saline and silicone. Each type has the same basic implant anatomy — a rubbery silicone shell with filling. The difference between the implants is in the filling.
Saline breast implants
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. Should the implant shell leak, a saline implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.
Saline breast implants provide a uniform shape, firmness and feel, and are FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 18 or older.
Silicone breast implants
Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. The gel feels a bit more like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket. A leaking implant filled with silicone gel will not collapse.
If you choose silicone implants, you may need to visit your plastic surgeon regularly to make sure the implants are functioning properly. An ultrasound or MRI screening can assess the condition of breast implants.
Silicone breast implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 22 or older.
In Denver, Dr. Serota, an experienced breast augmentation surgeon, can explain the benefits and risks for certain implant types depending on your personal anatomy, implant placement and type of implant incision. To schedule a consultation and discuss your options for breast implants, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com.