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What are the Different Types of Breast Implants?

by Dr. Daniel Lin

Different Types of Breast Implants | Plastic Surgery | Pasadena | BreaThe choice of breast implants is one of the key factors that will have an impact on the final outcome of the breast augmentation cosmetic surgery. The patient should choose the right implant type, size and shape in close consultation with the surgeon in order to meet their aesthetic goals in an optimal way.

Leading plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin provides breast implants and other plastic surgery procedures to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and surrounding locations.


Primary Classification

The two major types of breast implants include the following:


Saline Implants

Saline breast implants have their core filled with a sterile saline solution. These are traditionally popular implants, which require a smaller incision because the saline solution can be filled after the implant is inserted into the breast tissue. These implants are completely biocompatible because the saline solution will cause no harm to the body in the event of implant damage or leakage.

The FDA has approved saline implants for breast augmentation cosmetic surgery for women over the age of 18. One of the limitations with these implants is that many women find them to be slightly harder and firmer as compared to silicone implants.


Silicone Implants

Ever since the FDA approved silicone breast implants for women over the age of 21, the popularity of these implants has continued to grow. Today these implants are more popular than saline implants because they offer a more natural touch and feel. The silicone gel core in these implants mimics the effect of the natural breast tissue.

Newer qualities in silicone implants contain a highly cohesive silicone gel core. In the event of implant rupture, the viscous silicone gel does not flow out to other areas of the body. This has made silicone implants very safe. Dr. Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and nearby areas for breast implant plastic surgery and other procedures.


Form Stable Breast Implants

Form stable implants, commonly known as Gummy Bear implants, are one of the latest, FDA approved qualities in breast implants. These implants have a very high cohesiveness and consistency of the silicone gel core. This allows for the maintenance of the form and shape of the implants even under pressure.

The gel in these implants will not leak out even when the implant shell is broken or cut into two halves. Therefore, gummy bear implants score high in terms of both safety and aesthetics. The plastic surgeon will recommend the most appropriate implant options according to the patient’s unique needs and preferences.


Size and Shape

Breast implants are available in sizes ranging from 120 cc to 960 cc. The shapes can be anatomical or tear-shaped and round shaped. Implant surface may be plain or textured as desired. The surgeon will suggest the right size, shape, texture and profile of implants to suit the patient’s requirements.

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