Ask a woman which areas of her body she is not entirely pleased with, and many will list their breasts among the top three. They feel they’re either too big, too small, too flat, too saggy, or for any number of other reasons…they’re just unhappy about how their breasts look.
Breast enhancement to the rescue! In most cases, besides breast reductions, the solution lies in the form of breast implants. And fortunately for today’s women, there are numerous options available to help create the perfect bosom for each woman who wants to make changes to the appearance of her breasts.
Almost every breast implant used today consists of a silicone shell with a filler of either saline solution or silicone. Let’s look at some of the popular breast implant choices.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants, as the name suggests, contain the same type of saline solution that hospitals use in their IVs. The implants are inserted first and then filled once they’re safely in place. Because it’s filled after insertion, this breast implant gives you a little more sizing flexibility. The FDA approves saline implants for women who are 18 years old or older.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants have a more natural feel and look about them than saline implants. Filled with a silicone gel, semi-solid in consistency, they more closely mimic the movement and feeling of natural breast tissue. Silicone implants are generally larger than saline implants, so it’s important to recognize the insertion incision tends to be larger as well. Silicone breast implants have been FDA-approved for women 22 years or older.
Teardrop Breast Implants
You may hear teardrop breast implants referred to as ‘gummy bear’ implants. While silicone and saline implants are round, teardrop implants, as the name implies, are shaped like a teardrop. They’re filled with slightly thicker silicone gel than what’s used to fill silicone implants, so even if they rupture, they still retain their shape.
Additional Breast Implant Options
Another choice you have when determining which implant is best for you is in the texture options. Breast implants have been made available in two textures, smooth or textured.
Smooth Breast Implants
Smooth breast implants tend to be…well…smooth. The sleek surface is uniform all over the implant, and most breast enhancements are performed with smooth implants. They tend to last longer than their textured counterparts and are typically less expensive. Because they have a thin, smooth skin, they feel softer to the touch than textured implants. They also have a lower incidence of rippling once they’ve been put in place.
Textured Breast Implants
You’ll usually find textured breast implants being used more often with teardrop implants. The exterior of the implant has a bit of roughness to it, allowing it to adhere better within the breast pocket. This is important for teardrop shaped implants since any movement in these implants could cause the breasts to look misshapen or distorted.
For more information about breast implants, or for any questions about any other plastic surgery procedures, please contact DePerro Plastic Surgery or visit our website. We’re happy to answer your questions or schedule a consultation for you.