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Breast Implant Safety and Choices

Published on February 11, 2024

Breast implants come with their own set of benefits and potential risks. It’s important for individuals considering this procedure to thoroughly research the different types of implants and understand the associated safety considerations. Make an informed decision based on your circumstances. 

Understanding Breast Implant Types

When considering breast augmentation, understanding the different types of breast implants is crucial for making an informed decision. There are primarily three types: saline implants, silicone implants, and cohesive gel implants.

  • Saline Implants – Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. They offer a firm feel and are adjustable after surgery. In case of a rupture, the saline is harmlessly absorbed by the body.
  • Silicone Implants – Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel, providing a more natural look and feel compared to saline. They are less likely to ripple or wrinkle, offering a smoother appearance.
  • Cohesive Gel Implants – Also known as “gummy bear” implants, cohesive gel implants maintain their shape even if the outer shell is broken. They are renowned for their durability and natural feel.


Key Factors in Choosing Implant Type

Selecting the appropriate breast implants involves careful consideration of several key factors to ensure the desired outcome aligns with individual preferences. Here are essential aspects to contemplate when making this significant decision:

  1. Implant Type:


Choose between saline, silicone, or cohesive gel implants. The decision hinges on factors such as desired feel, appearance, and personal comfort. Each type has distinct characteristics, and understanding these differences is pivotal.

  1. Implant Size:


Determining the ideal implant size involves assessing body proportions, lifestyle, and aesthetic goals. A skilled plastic surgeon considers these factors to recommend a size that complements the patient’s physique while achieving the desired enhancement.

  1. Implant Shape:


Opt for either round or teardrop-shaped implants. Round implants provide fullness in the upper breast, while teardrop implants mimic the natural slope of the breast. The choice depends on the desired outcome and individual anatomy.

  1. Implant Texture:


Implants come in smooth or textured surfaces. The texture can impact how the implant adheres to surrounding tissues. A surgeon’s recommendation is based on factors such as tissue quality and the risk of complications.


Safety Considerations for Breast Implant Surgery

Ensuring breast implant safety is paramount when contemplating breast augmentation surgery. Understanding the safety considerations associated with different implant types is crucial for making informed decisions. Here are key safety considerations:

  1. FDA Approval – Prioritize implants that have received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This signifies that the implants have undergone rigorous testing for safety and efficacy.
  2. Implant Rupture Risk – Recognize the rupture risks associated with different implant types. Saline implants pose a lower risk, as saline is harmlessly absorbed by the body in case of rupture. Silicone and cohesive gel implants are designed to maintain their shape even if ruptured, minimizing health concerns and risk to breast implant removal.
  3. Material Biocompatibility – Assess the biocompatibility of implant materials. Saline and silicone are generally considered safe, but individuals may have specific sensitivities. Cohesive gel implants use a thicker silicone gel, reducing the risk of leakage.
  4. Long-Term Safety Data – Consider the availability of long-term safety data for the chosen implant type. Understanding how implants perform over time is crucial for anticipating potential issues and ensuring the longevity of results.
  5. Implant Shell Integrity – Evaluate the quality and integrity of the implant shell. High-quality shells reduce the risk of rupture and leakage. Understanding the manufacturing standards and materials used in the implant’s construction is vital.


Contact Us

For personalized guidance on breast implant options and to schedule a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeons, feel free to reach out to us at HealthPartners Plastic Surgery. You may also check our gallery to see before-and-after results. We are committed to providing assistance to help you make the best decisions for your aesthetic goals. 

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We offer complimentary consultations for cosmetic and skin rejuvenation services. For other procedures, patients are responsible for any health insurance co-pay or deductibles.

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