Breast augmentation can add volume
There are only two major types of breast implants – saline and silicone; however, each type of implant comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Everything depends on your own personal goals, and what may be best for your body type. Adding volume to the breasts is as much about improving the proportions of your breasts as it is about making them larger. At your initial consultation, you will be shown an array of breast implant options – silicone and saline varieties in all different shapes and sizes.
SILICONE VS. SALINE
Silicone breast implants are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for breast augmentation procedures and for breast reconstruction patients. They are composed of a silicone outer shell encasing a thick silicone gel. Silicone implants are known for their natural appearance and feel, and are typically less prone to rippling. These options can be beneficial for many women, particularly those who have very thin body frames.
Form-Stable Silicone Breast Implants
Form-stable breast implants, also referred to as shaped or gummy bear implants, are the most recent implant options to be approved by the FDA for use in the United States. Composed of cohesive silicone gel, these newly-approved implants are designed in a teardrop shape (thicker at the bottom and tapered towards the top) that can often provide a more natural-looking aesthetic for the appropriate candidate as a result of their close resemblance to the actual shape of a breast.
Form-stable implants are also typically firmer than round implants due to their thicker consistency and additional cross linking properties within the silicone gel, both of which combine to help the implants better retain their shape. Additionally, studies conducted on patients with form-stable implants have revealed a reduced occurrence of rippling and folding as well as a diminished risk for implant rupture that can be attributed to the strong cohesion of the gel.
They are made of a silicone outer shell filled with saline, or salt-water, solution. These implants have proven very effective and the results can look very natural and beautiful.
Both types of breast implants have advantages and disadvantages over the other. During your initial consultation, Dr. Wright will discuss the differences in further detail to help you decide which option may be the best for your goals and body.