Choosing Your Breast Implants

Did you know that breast implants are in the running for the title “most studied medical devices in the U.S.”? As much as this fact may seem to reaffirm our cultural obsession with boobs, you should be grateful. Because of all this research, you now have 7 different implant choices that are FDA approved* (and that’s not counting your options for implant size, shape, and profile).

Breast implant types: what you really need to know

Basically, you’ve got three breast implant types to consider: Saline, Silicone Gel, and Highly Cohesive Silicone Gel (a.k.a. gummy bears). While the gummies are getting a lot of attention these days, each type has its place in the breast augmentation world. You should at least know the basics about each type before you get too hung up on one. Here’s a brief breakdown:

Saline Silicone Gel Highly Cohesive Silicone
Made of: Silicone outer shell filled with sterile saline solution Silicone gel, silicone shell High-strength silicone gel, textured silicone shell
Examples are:
  • Mentor® Saline
  • Natrelle® Saline
  • Mentor® MemoryGel
  • Natrelle® Silicone
  • Mentor® MemoryShape
  • Natrelle® 410
They feel: Firmer than silicone gel Much like natural breast tissue Like gummy bears, firmer, yet pliable.
Options are:
  • Round for a fuller look
  • Contoured for a more mature breast shape
  • 3 projection profiles
  • Smooth or textured options
  • Round for a fuller look
  • 3 projection profiles
  • A variety of sizes to fit your body well
  • Teardrop shape for a more natural breast contour
  • A variety of heights & profiles to dial in your look
Great because:
  • They’re less expensive
  • They can be filled to an ideal amount during surgery
  • They require a smaller incision
  • They look very natural
  • They feel the most like real breast tissue
  • They’ve been used safely for 20+ years
  • They allow for a shaped silicone implant
  • They’ll stay in place (won’t shift)
  • They look really natural
Possible drawbacks are:
  • The firmness can feel less “natural” to some
  • They’re more prone to rippling
  • They cost a little more
  • Since they’re pre-filled, they require a larger incision
  • Some find them a little too firm
  • They require a larger incision than saline

Why I chose saline implants

Brittany shares her reasons why saline was the best choice for her:

Saline vs. silicone

Dr. Cohen discusses the different types of implants:

Two women talk about what it’s like having gummy bear implants

Meet patients who chose gummy bears, one for cosmetic breast augmentations and one for reconstruction.

Want to know more about breast implants?

Here are some excellent resources that get into sometimes a scary amount of detail about all the breast implants available today. Enjoy!

Implants from these companies are all FDA approved:

  • Mentor®. They make Mentor® Saline, MemoryGel (silicone), & MemoryShape (gummy bears)
  • Allergan. They make Natrelle Saline or Silicone & Natrelle 410 highly cohesive silicone (gummy bears)

Breast implants, a history

There won’t be a test, but wouldn’t it have been a fun U.S History 101 paper to write?

Ready to get started? Give us a call!

We’re your go-to for breast augmentation in Baltimore. At Belcara Health, consultations with our board certified plastic surgeons are always free, and include a personal implant sizing session, where you can feel the difference between implants and try on your new look to find your perfect match. Dr. Michael Cohen is a breast surgery specialist and LEAD Surgeon with Mentor, offering his expertise to help make your breast implants even better. He’ll be glad to help you make the right choice for you. Call 410.296.0414 for your appointment today!

*Saline implants are FDA approved for women 18 & up. Silicone implant options are FDA approved for women 22 & up. Both types have been used safely in adult women of any age.