When it comes to the ‘best’ breast implants, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. But, there may be some clear advantages over one type or another depending on the anatomy of your breast, your body type, and your aesthetic preferences. Today, we’ve asked a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Correa of Correa Plastic Surgery, to give us a few of the pros and cons of each to help jump-start your decision-making process.
Saline implants are comprised of a silicone gel outer shell and filled to desired fullness at the time of your surgery. Many women enjoy the fuller, rounded appearance of saline implants.
Pros – Saline implants typically require a much smaller incision and give the patient a variety of incision options. In case of a rupture, the sterile saltwater solution is naturally reabsorbed into the body. Saline implants are FDA-approved for women 18-years of age and older.
Con – Saline implants may not be suitable for women with all body types. The implant typically needs to be placed below the muscle to prevent rippling. Women who don’t have enough breast tissue to work with might prefer a different kind of implant.
Silicone implants are pre-filled by the manufacturer and come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. They’re the most commonly requested type of implant due to the natural look and feel.
Pro – Silicone implants are typically teardrop shape to mimic the natural curvature of the breast. Dr. Correa enjoys working with silicone implants due to their versatility. They can be placed above or below the muscle to give a woman more youthful contours. Silicone-based implants are approved for women 22+.
Con – Pre-filled implants typically require a slightly larger incision. If a rupture occurs, the implant may need to be removed and/or replaced. However, most silicone implants come with a 10-year warranty to cover any potential surgeries down the line.
“Gummy Bear” Implants
Gummy bear implants are a form-stable implant that’s slightly firmer than traditional silicone gel implants. The teardrop shape allows women to achieve younger, perkier-looking breasts.
Pro – The thicker, stronger gel prevents shifting and rotation over time. Dr. Correa says many women come to his practice for gummy bear implants because they’re able to maintain their shape even if a rupture occurs. Gummy bear implants are FDA-approved for women who are 22 and older.
Con -They are one of the newer implants on the market and can often come with a higher price tag. Gummy bear implants may be too firm for some women. These types of implants may also need a bigger incision.
Take the Next Step
Would you like to learn more about which breast implants are best for you? If so, it might be time to schedule an in-person consultation with a skilled breast enhancement surgeon. Together, you’ll be able to customize a procedure that will safely and effectively meet your aesthetic goals.