Medical devices such as breast implants are useful for women who wish to increase the size of their breasts. Breast augmentation can help women get breasts that are both fuller and bigger. Whether you want to opt for breast implants for medical reasons or cosmetic ones, it is important to know about your options so that you can make an informed decision about the procedure.
Types of Breast Implants
Silicone gel-filled implants and saline-filled implants both have an outer shell made of silicone. Both implants are available in different sizes and can have shells that are either textured or smooth. However, there are some key differences between the two.
Silicone implants contain silicone gel in the outer shells. The silicone gel is thick and sticky in consistency. The minimum age for getting silicone implants is 22 years.
Saline implants contain a sterile saline (salt water) solution. This type of implant can be filled with saline solution during the surgery. It is available for women who are at least 18 years of age.
Reasons to Opt for Silicone Breast Implants
If you are looking for the most realistic look and feel following your procedure, silicone implants may be the better option. The silicone used in the implants closely resembles the natural fat and tissues present in the breasts in terms of consistency and feel. Silicone implants are also not prone to wrinkling or rippling. Silicone implants may also be right for you if your original breast size is small with less tissue available to cover the implants.
Closely related to silicone implants are gummy bear implants, which have the same consistency all the way through instead of a liquid center. Gummy bear implants are a great option for patients who want implants that maintain a consistent shape and feel.
Reasons to Opt for Saline Breast Implants
One big benefit of saline implants is that the breast size can also be changed later. Our plastic surgeon can remove or add more liquid in the saline implants using a syringe. Silicone implants are pre-filled, so it is not possible to change their standard size once the procedure is complete. If you think you might want to change your breast size in the future, saline implants may be the ideal choice for you.
You can also opt for saline implants to address asymmetrical breasts. Dr. Greenberg can adjust the breast shape by adding the saline solution as needed.
The Bottom Line
To decide on the right breast implants for you, consult with our board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery. We can guide you through the best option for your needs by taking your expectations, lifestyle and health into consideration. We have offices in Manhattan, NY; Woodbury, NY; Southampton, NY; and Boca Raton, FL. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.