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|
|They feel:||Firmer than silicone gel||Much like natural breast tissue||Like gummy bears, firmer, yet pliable.|
|Possible drawbacks are:||
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?
- 40 Years of Scrutiny: How Your Breast Implants Earned their FDA Creds
- Why Silicone Today is Safer Than Ever
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.