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Types of Breast Implants

Types of Breast Implants | Houston Plastic SurgeryBreast implant surgery is one of the more customizable cosmetic surgery procedures, which provides multiple options for the implant size and type, incision placement, and implant positioning.

Choosing the right type of breast implants is the key decision, and it will have a bearing on the final outcome. At the time of pre-op consultation, the surgeon will discuss various implant options and help the patient make the right selection.

The patient should consider her personal comfort level and her sense of aesthetics while making a choice of the type of breast implants. She should consider the pros and cons of different types of implants, their estimated longevity and risks involved, and most importantly, how well-suited they are within the limitations of the patient’s unique breast anatomy and her specific cosmetic goals.

Board certified and stellar plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Fortes provides breast implant surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and other communities and suburbs in this area of the mighty state of Texas.



Breast implants can be primarily classified into two types: saline implants and silicone gel implants. The outer shell in both cases is made with a resilient silicone material, but the inner core is different.


Saline Implants

The FDA has approved saline implants for women above the age of 18. These implants have been traditionally popular and were the only implants originally approved by the FDA. The inner core of these implants is filled with a sterile saline fluid. Saline implants are designed to provide firmness and shape to the breasts.

An advantage with these implants is that they can be surgically inserted in a deflated state, and the saline solution can be filler thereafter as needed. This involves a smaller incision. Secondly, saline solution is natural, and does not pose any risk in case of implant damage or rupture following the plastic surgery.


Silicone Implants

Silicone implants were approved by the FDA after a lot of scrutiny, but over the years, they have emerged as the preferred implant type. The natural touch and feel as well as the cosmetic appeal of these implants are superior because of the soft silicone gel core. Women above the age of 21 are eligible to use these implants.

The silicone gel core mimics the effect of the natural breast tissue, which is the key reason behind the increasingly popularity of silicone breast implants. Dedicated and golden cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and nearby areas for breast implants.


Gummy Bear Implants

Form stable implants, commonly known as Gummy Bear implants, are ultra-cohesive silicone gel implants. These are the latest implants to receive the FDA approval. The highly viscous silicone gel core in these implants allows them to retain shape and form even under pressure.

If the implant gets damaged, the thick silicone gel will not leak out to other areas in the body. This makes form stable implants safer, apart from being aesthetically superior. Both silicone and saline breast implants are available in sizes ranging from 120 cc to 960 cc, and usually available in round and anatomical shapes.

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