Types of Breast Augmentation
These implants consist of a silicone shell filled with sterile saline solution. Saline implants can be filled after they are placed in the body to allow for minor modifications in size after placement and smaller surgical incisions.
Saline implants can be placed inside the body before they are filled with sterilized saltwater, giving them a unique advantage. They can be inserted using the smallest incisions possible, leading to minimized scarring. Another benefit of using saline implants is that each implant can be filled to a custom capacity, which can help to offset asymmetry. If they rupture, the harmless saline inside the implants is simply absorbed by the body. Saline implants are sometimes also chosen because they are more cost effective than silicone.
Filled with sterile salt water, these implants contain structure inside that allows them to hold their shape better than traditional saline-filled implants. In this respect, they are similar to silicone gel-filled implants. Structured saline implants were approved by the FDA in 2015.
Approved and updated for safety by the FDA in 2006, silicone implants are pre-filled with a soft gel that resembles human breast tissue. They are known for being highly authentic in terms of their look and feel. The drawback of silicone is that while the implants may maintain their overall shape, a woman may not know right away that an implant has ruptured. MRI’s are recommended every three years to make sure there hasn’t been a “silent rupture”.
Cohesive silicone gel-filled implants are also known as form stable implants and gummy bear implants. They are filled with a thicker, firmer, cohesive gel made of cross-linked molecules of silicone, and they hold their shape better than other implant types. Gummy bear implants were FDA approved in 2012.
Natural fat transfer
In this minimally-invasive procedure, gentle liposuction is used to remove fat from areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs. The fat cells are purified and refined and then injected into the breasts. This treatment may be appropriate for patients who are seeking a more natural way to achieve modest breast augmentation.