Breast surgeons are often asked questions regarding the safety of breast implants and what might be the most suitable types of implants. During the initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss the different types of implant options with you. They will help you identify the most reliable types of implants.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding communities.
Safest Breast Implant Options
All types of FDA approved breast implants are considered safe to be inserted in the human body. The decision of choosing the best breast implant type should not be focused on finding the safest option – but on personal choices.
The breast implant option you choose should be a good match to your body type and goals. Responsible surgeons try and make their patients confident in the efficacy and safety of the implants they choose. Here are a few popular implant options for your breast augmentation cosmetic surgery:
- Saline Breast Implants
Saline implants consist of a silicone shell. This is filled with a sterile saltwater or saline solution after insertion during the surgery. The option allows for a uniform feel, shape, and firmness. The breast implants are only slightly firmer as compared to silicone implants. Saline breast implants are only available in round shape.
These are a few reasons why patients prefer saline implants:
- Lower cost
- Smaller incisions
- Skepticism regarding the safety of silicone implants
- Silicone Breast Implants
Regular silicone implants consist of a silicone shell. This shell is filled with a cohesive silicone gel. Silicone breast implants are the softest type of available breast implants. They feel a lot like natural breast tissue and are available in round shape.
Silicone breast implants are one of the more popular options because:
- They have a proven track record of performance and safety
- They feel more natural and real as compared to saline implants
- They are less likely to develop ripples or become visible under the skin as compared to saline implants
- Breasts may feel different in case the implant ruptures, but doesn’t collapse or deflate
- Gummy Bear Breast Implants
Gummy bear breast implants are highly cohesive silicone gel implants that are also known as form stable implants. Thicker and firmer silicone gel is used in gummy bear breast implants as compared to regular silicone implants. The implant is able to sustain applied pressure and regain its original form. Gummy bear breast implants are available in teardrop (anatomic) and round shape.
These implants are popular because:
- They last longer than others
- Provide better shape
- Produces more natural looking results
- Less likely to develop ripples and become visible
- Implants feel and look natural even though they are firmer than regular silicone gel implants
Selecting the Best Implant Option
You should choose a qualified cosmetic surgeon for guiding you through the various preparation decisions. This includes choosing the right set of implants. Everyone has a unique anatomy and a dependable breast surgeon will help you select the best type of breast implant. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for breast augmentation surgery.
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