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Kinds of Breast Implants

Dr. Alton Ingram MD: What Are the Different Kinds of Implants?

Have you ever wondered what material is used in a breast augmentation procedure? Not many people know that there are different kinds of implants used. Dr. Alton Ingram MD discusses them below:

Saline breast implants – As its name suggests, these implants contain sterile salt water. These implants typically give off a uniform shape, firmness, and feel. Dr. Alton Ingram MD adds that when there is a leak, the saline solution will simply be absorbed and expelled by the body.

Structured saline breast implants – These are like saline breast implants except they contain an inner structure to provide a more natural feel.

Silicone breast implants – This type of implant is filled with silicone gel and designed to look and feel more natural than saline breast implants. One thing to remember about silicone breast implants is that you will have to see your plastic surgeon regularly, shares Dr. Alton Ingram MD, to ensure there are no leaks and they are working normally.

Gummy bear breast implants – Gummy bear breast implants are also known as form-stable implants because they can retain their shape even when there is a leak or the implant’s shell breaks. The silicone gel in gummy bear breast implants is thicker and more firm than silicone breast implants.

Round breast implants – Dr. Alton Ingram MD explains that round breast implants are best for patients who are looking for a “full” look to the breasts. Unlike gummy bear breast implants, round bear implants have less risk of rotating that may result in an unusual appearance because they are uniform in shape.

Smooth breast implants – Breast implants aren’t all firm to the touch. Compared to all the rest, smooth breast implants have the softest feeling and may give off more natural movement on the breast implant pocket.

Textured breast implants – Finally, textured breast implants are less likely to rotate or move around the breast implant pocket. However, there is a higher risk of developing scars.