The success of your breast augmentation treatment is affected by the type of breast implant used. It is crucial that you choose a type that is not only safe but also fits your body type. Choose an experienced cosmetic doctor with whom you can freely discuss your aesthetic goals. Being able to clearly discuss what you want with your doctor yields positive and promising results.
Breast augmentation is often referred to by patients as ‘boob job, ’ and its main purpose is to improve your natural breast size asymmetry by restoring your breasts’ volume. Your doctor should discuss everything you need to know about the procedure before you go under the knife.
Types of Breast Implants
Whether your goal is a subtle change or a big dramatic difference, you only deserve the best result for your breast augmentation. Take time to explore what is right for you; do your research and ask your family and friends for opinions. Once you have a deep understanding of what the procedure is all about, you will be able to choose the best type of implant for you.
The first two types discussed in this article are the most commonly used types in the industry.
- Saline-filled Breast Implants – these are made of silicone elastometer shells that are filled with saline. The sterile salt water filling gives the implant the shape and size desired by most patients. It also determines the firmness of the breast. This type is only used on women who are 18 years and above. If you’re looking to save on the cost of your breast augmentation, saline-filled breast implants are your best option. It has low scarring risk, and a rupture is easily detected. If you notice the size of your breast has reduced, it means that the saline solution has leaked.
- Silicone Gel Breast Implants – these are made of silicone shell elastometer that is filled with silicone gel. The material used to make these implants are now thicker than the older models. They are less likely to rupture, and patients say that they feel more natural than any other type of breast implants. Although they are a bit expensive, many women prefer silicone gel because of that reason. However, they may also require a larger incision site which increases the risk of scarring. Ruptures are difficult to detect; you have to undergo MRI to know if there’s leak.
- Hydrogel Breast Implants – these silicone elastometer shells are filled with hydrogel. The hydrogel is a type of polymer that increases in size with water. The risks of using it as a breast implant have not been identified yet, which makes it less attractive to use for the procedure.
- Soya Bean Oil Filled Breast Implants – these silicone elastometer shells are filled with soya bean oil. Doctors are hesitant to use it for the procedure because it may increase the risk of breast cancer. Also, inflammation of the breast has been determined to be a possible side effect of using this material.
- Titanium Coated Breast Implants – these are silicone elastometer shells filled with silicone gel and coated with titanium. The purpose of the coating is to prevent ruptures and reduce the risk of rejection. It can also help reduce the risk of scarring. However, its safety is still not proven and should undergo further studies before recommended for use.