Breast Implants Austin
Deciding on what type of implant can be difficult. Patients always ask which implant is “better” saline or silicone. The benefit is that in this day and age is that there are so many choices of implants that the augmentation can be tailored to each patient.
Saline implants are still good implants but will always be a little firmer and put you at more risk of rippling. Around the country saline implants are being used less and less as more people are choosing silicone implants. The benefit of a saline implant is that if it deflates or gets a leak you will notice the difference as one breast will be smaller than the other. Since the implant is filled with saline (salt water) your body will absorb the saline without any problems.
Silicone implants have become very popular since they were introduced on the market in 2006. The increase in popularity is because the silicone implants tend to feel and look more natural. Silicone implants also tend to have less rippling then saline implants. Recently the highly cohesive gel implants were introduced, which have been called gummy bear implants in the media. These highly cohesive gel implants have a silicone that stays together and is not as liquid as the previous generations of silicone implants.
Most patients are extremely happy with whichever implant they choose for their breast augmentation.
Gummy Bear Breast Implants vs. Saline vs. Silicone?
The current trend in breast augmentation is for a more natural result. There are several new additions to the breast implant family that makes it much easier for your plastic surgeon to help you achieve a natural full appearance from your breast augmentation.
One, the use of silicone implants has made a dramatic change in terms of the natural feel and shape women have after their breast augmentation. There are the traditional silicone implants and now the “gummy bear” silicone implants. The gummy bear implants are a more cohesive silicone gel. This means that the gel stays together an is not a liquid as previous generations of silicone breast implants. The benefit of a “gummy bear” implant is that the gel stays together if the implant has a leak. Also the gummy bear implant can reduce the risk of rippling from your breast implant.
The silicone implants in general are much softer in look and feel than the saline implants which leads to a more natural appearance. This is because the saline implants are very firm and thus create a round unnatural shape.
The other benefit of silicone implants over saline is the decrease appearance of rippling from your implants. Patients that are very thin are at risk for rippling, the use of silicone implants can help decrease this visible rippling as the new silicone implants have a cohesive gel that is much less likely to ripple.
The majority of my patients use silicone gel breast implants, as they tend to be softer, more natural and less likely to have visible rippling.
Please discuss your breast augmentation surgery with your board certified plastic surgeon and let them help guide you during the process. He or she will be able to show you the range of silicone and gummy bear breast implants during your consultation.
What breast implant is going to give me a natural feel and appearance?
This is a very common question as the majority of my patients want to have a full, youthful appearance, but they don’t want to look overly fake. The great news is there a large variety of implants available to patients to help them achieve the results they desire.
For patients that want a natural feel and appearance to their breasts I strongly recommend silicone (gel) breast implants. There are several implants in this category including but not limited to Allegran, Sientra and Mentor breast implants. Within each of these companies there is also a variety of implants from round to shaped, smooth and textured. There are also terms such as gummy bear implants which refer to the highly cohesive silicone gel. It has the nickname gummy bear because the gel is thicker and holds together.
The vast choices can be overwhelming for patients, however the good news is there is no one perfect answer. The majority of these implants silicone breast implants will give you a soft appearance to your breast.
There are several factors that are important to keep in mind when choosing a breast implant to keep a natural soft appearance:
- The implant needs to fit your body frame
- Silicone implants will be softer and more natural in appearance when compared to saline breast implants
- The amount of natural breast tissue that you have will act as a natural buffer for your implant.
- The size of the implant will have an affect in the final appearance of your breasts.
I tell the majority of my patients that I want to help them find a size that they can dress up (for a night out on the town) or dress down (for work on dinner with the in laws) depending on the situation.
It is important to discuss the various breast implant choices with your board certified plastic surgeon. He or she will help guide you during your breast augmentation process to an implant that will meet your specific needs.