Breast Implants Part 2: Silicone Implants

Breast augmentation has become a common cosmetic surgery procedure, and it has changed many women’s lives for the better. Two main types of implants have been developed: silicone and saline. Both of these implants are FDA-approved and give great results. If you have decided you want to augment your breasts, speak with a qualified plastic surgeon to choose the correct implant type.

In our last blog, we explored saline implants. In this one, we will explore silicone implants.

General Silicone Implant Information:

  • They consist of a silicone shell holding cohesive silicone gel – this means that it holds together and gives the feel of natural breast tissue.
  • They are available to women 22 years of age and older.
  • They are usually inserted via incisions under the breast or the areola, the dark skin around the nipple. These incisions are larger than the incisions for saline implants.
  • They are lighter than saline, so there is a lower risk of drooping.
  • They are a bit more expensive than saline implants.
  • They have a much lower risk of “rippling.”
  • Ruptures of these implants are difficult to detect because of their cohesive gel. Regular checkups become especially important.

What body types do they suit best?

If you have moderately-sized breasts, it does not make too big a difference which type of implant you choose. However, if you don’t have much breast tissue (A-cup) and you want to go much larger, silicone implants will give a more natural feel.

To learn more about the types of breast augmentation in Loveland and which one will work best for you, contact Front Range Plastic Surgery today. Dr. Schutte, our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, is ready to help!

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