Choosing Your Implants for Augmentation

Choosing Your Implants for Augmentation

Once you’ve made the decision to go ahead with breast augmentation at K Plastic Surgery, you still have some of other decisions to make. You’ll need to decide on the type of implant, the size of the implants, and where you prefer the insertion incisions are made. Here we’ll discuss your implant options.

Silicone breast implants

Silicone implants are made from silicone shells that are filed with a silicone gel. They are available to women age 22 and up. The consensus of K Plastic Surgery patients is that silicone feels the most similar to natural breast tissue. Over the past few years, a new type of silicone implant known as the Gummy Bear Implant has been gaining in popularity. These implants are filled with a much thicker-consistency gel, hence the name Gummy Bear, which usually won’t leave the shell, even if the implant ruptures. Beyond the thicker silicone, people also feel that the shape of Gummy Bear Implants most closely resemble a woman’s natural breast shape. This teardrop shape also helps the implant keep from rotating, which can happen with oval or circular-shaped implants.

With silicone implants, the patient needs to have an MRI every two years to ensure that the implants have not ruptured. If they have ruptured, the patient will need to have surgery to replace the implants, and to remove any silicone that has left the implant.

Saline breast implants

Saline implants are silicone shells filled with saline solution. They are available for women age 18 and above. They are inserted into the breast implant pocket empty and then filled in place. This allows for smaller incisions and custom sizing while in place.

Saline implants are more prone to rippling and most people feel they don’t have the same feel as natural breast tissue. If a saline implant ruptures, the body simply absorbs the saline solution, but the side that ruptures will instantly return to its pre-implant size, requiring either removal of the non-ruptured implant or replacement surgery for both.

There are many decisions involved with breast augmentation. But be sure that Dr. Kayastha will help guide you through each one, making sure you’re perfectly happy with each choice. Call us at 518-346-0002 for a consultation.