Breast Implants

A Guide to 3 Breast Implant Types

Breast implantsSaline and silicone breast implants have remained the standard for breast enlargement since the 1960s for several good reasons. Today, there are three types of breast implants, each with its own set of unique benefits.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution that can be absorbed by the body without any ill effects in the unlikely event of a leak. Saline implants may feel firmer than silicone, and ripples in the implants can be visible under the skin, especially in thinner patients with very little breast tissue.  Saline breast implants are FDA-approved for women age 18 and older.

Silicone Gel Breast Implants

The majority of women pick silicone breast implants to help them achieve an ideal breast augmentation result. Filled with silicone gel, silicone breast implants have a look and feel that more closely mimics natural breast tissue, and are FDA-approved for women age 22 and older.

Gummy Bear Breast Implants

Nicknamed gummy bear implants, these form-stable breast implants are made from a more cohesive silicone gel that holds it shape even if there’s a breach in the outer shell. The gel is similar to the consistency of gummy bears, hence the nickname. Gummy bear breast implants are firmer than traditional silicone gel implants and have an anatomical teardrop shape that is fuller on the bottom with a slimmer upper pole.

Regardless of your preference, Dr. Meade can use his expertise to recommend which type of breast implant is best to help you achieve beautiful breast augmentation results.


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