Types of Breast Implants
In the last decade, breast augmentation or breast implant surgery has emerged as one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the US. With FDA approvals for advanced qualities of implants and introduction of innovative and less invasive surgical techniques for implant placement, a growing number of American women are seeking breast implant surgery.
Breast augmentation procedure is aimed at enhancing the overall size, volume and appearance of breasts to make them more aesthetically appealing. Different types of implant qualities and sizes are available to suit the aesthetic needs of almost every candidate seeking this procedure. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hisham Seify provides breast implant surgery to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas.
Broad Classification in Implants
Breast implants can primarily be classified into two types: saline implants and silicone gel implants. During the initial consultation, the cosmetic surgeon will explain the pros and cons of both implant types and help the patient make an informed decision in accordance with her aesthetic needs.
Saline breast implants are more traditionally accepted implants that have a saline water filled core. The implants are designed to provide a natural firmness, shape, and feel to the breasts. These implants were approved by the FDA for women over the age of 18.
Some of the saline implant qualities can be inserted into the breast tissue in a deflated state, and the required amount of volume can be filled later. This allows for a more conservative plastic surgery with smaller incisions. Another benefit is that saline solution poses no risk to human body in case of an implant damage or leakage.
Silicone Gel Implants
Silicone gel based implants have become relatively more popular and widely accepted in recent years. The implants include a silicone gel based core, which provides superior aesthetic value due to its higher consistency and more natural looking touch and feel. The FDA approved silicone implants for women over 21 years.
Manufacturers have now introduced more advanced and superior qualities in silicone implants. These qualities include a silicone gel core of higher density, which does not leak out to other areas even if the implant shell gets damaged, deformed or cut into two. Dr. Seify is an eminent plastic surgeon providing breast implant surgery to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding communities.
Gummy Bear Implants
The latest quality in silicone implants is known as form stable implants or Gummy Bear implants, which has received the FDA’s approval. These implants include a highly cohesive silicone core, which ensures maintenance of the form and shape of the implant under all conditions. The viscosity of the silicone gel is so high that the implant does not leak outside even when the shell is cut into two pieces from the middle.
Breast implants are also divided on the basis of their size, profile, texture, and shape. Sizes are available in the range of 120cc to 960cc, and the shapes may be round or teardrop. The surgeon will help the patient choose the right combination according to their aesthetic needs.
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