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Get to Know Breast Implant Shapes and Types

Naturally, patients have a ton of questions when it comes to getting a breast augmentation or mammoplasty. Not only is asking questions about what patients often refer to as a “boob job,” it’s encouraged!

Since a “boob job” is literally placing an implant or fat transfer inside the breast to increase the size, one of the most common questions we get from patients is about the actual size, shape, and material of breast implants. Understanding what exactly is being place inside your body can help settle any concerns about safety and health during and after a procedure.

Plastic surgeons may have a preferred type of implant, but the patients needs and situation will be the most important factor when determining what type of implant to use.

Size, shape, and material composition varies greatly between manufacturers, models, and unique patient needs. As a result, the types of implants provided by the  American Society of Plastic Surgeons and discussed here isn’t all inclusive, but it touches on the implants most widely recognized in the plastic surgery community.

Saline breast implants

Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. What’s important to know about saline implant is that if the shell of the implant leaks, a saline implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.

Saline breast implants provide a uniform shape, firmness and feel.

Structured saline breast implants

Very similar to the basic saline breast implant, the structured breast implant is filled with sterile salt water, and contains an inner structure which delivers a more natural feel to the breasts.

Silicone breast implants

Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. The gel feels a bit more like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket. A leaking implant filled with silicone gel will not collapse. Patients with silicone breast implants often elect to visit the doctor regularly to ensure the implant is in place and functioning properly

Gummy bear breast implants

Form-stable implants are often called gummy bear breast implants because they maintain their shape even when the implant shell is broken.

The consistency of the silicone gel inside the implant is thicker than traditional silicone gel implants. As a result, these implants are also firmer than traditional implants.

Shaped gummy bear breast implants have more projection at the bottom and are tapered towards the top that offers a more tailored look for the patient.

Round breast implants

Round breast implant are as they sound, round. They are the same shape allover and provide a consistent, even if the implant moved or rotates. Round breast implants have a tendency to make breasts appear fuller than form-stable implants. Higher profile options can achieve even more projection.

Smooth breast implants

Smooth breast implants are the softest feeling. They can move with the breast implant pocket, which may give more natural movement.

Textured breast implants

Textured breast implants develop scar tissue to stick to the implant, making them less likely to move around inside of the breast and become repositioned.

Texturing offers some advantage in diminishing the risk of a tight scar capsule.

Technology and innovation is causes new products to enter the market all the time. So be sure to talk to a plastic surgeon to get an understanding of all your options.

Call our office at (520) 297-3300 to get scheduled to speak with one of our board certified surgeons. You can also email us at cday@hessandsandeen.com or stop by our offices at in the La Cholla Corporate Park in Tucson, Arizona. An expert member of our team would love to discuss your unique goals and circumstances and help you explore what option may be best for you.

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