Beast Augmentation Basics

When patients consider breast augmentation, they have several options. There are several types of implants and even options for how the implant will be located in the body.

Types of Implants

Types of Implants

 

When most people think of a breast implant, they think of a container with some sort of fluid inside creating the volume. This is in fact the most popular type of implant in use today, and even within this one basic design patients have options.

Patients can choose silicone (L) or saline (R) as the fluid inside the implant, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages to be weighed by the patient in consultation with their surgeon:

Saline Implants

Advantages

  • Peace of mind for those who are unsure of silicone gel
  • Leaks are easily detectable
  • Increased projection when desired
  • For purely cosmetic breast augmentation can be used at age 18
  • Slightly lower capsular contracture rate

Disadvantages

  • Higher risk of rippling
  • More easily palpable (feels less natural in most cases)
  • Increased projection when not desired
  • Stiffer result
  • Slightly higher leakage rate

Silicone Gel Breast Implants

Advantages

  • Softer more natural feel
  • Lower risk of rippling
  • Decreased projection when desired
  • Moves more like a natural breast
  • More profiles (shapes) available

Disadvantages

  • Leaks are harder to detect
  • Decreased projection when desired
  • Slightly higher capsular contracture rates
  • Body makes scar in response to a leak
  • For purely cosmetic breast augmentation can be used at age 22 or older

Gummy Bear Implants

Gummy Bear Implants

 

The gummy bear implant is a relatively new arrival in the breast implant manufacturing industry. It is a departure from the traditional shell-and-filler design in that it a more solid piece. The silicone used is at a higher concentration, resulting in a firmer feel. This silicone also has a lower likelihood of leaking if there is a rupture in the implant.

Implant Location

Implant Location

 

You can have your implants placed above the muscle (subglandular) or below the muscle (subpectoral).

Your plastic surgeon will decide which placement location is best for you based on your goals, breast type and other factors.

The location choice will be part of your surgical plan.