What Are the Different Types of Breast Implants?

breast implantBreast augmentation is one of the most popular and well-known types of cosmetic surgery available. Breast augmentation is a highly customizable aesthetic surgery that enhances the appearance of your breast. This may be increasing size, altering shape, correcting asymmetry issues, or using implants. Most breast augmentation surgeries use different types of breast implants to achieve the desired look. Let’s explore the difference between these breast implant types so you can better understand which is right for you.

Saline Breast Implant

Saline implants consist of a silicone outer layer and are filled with a saline solution. They are FDA-approved for women 18 and over. The saline solution consists of sterile salt water and fills the breast implant after insertion. This allows for a smaller incision and scars after surgery. The body could safely metabolize the saline solution if the implant were to rupture.

Silicone Breast Implant

Silicone breast implants are FDA-approved for women 22 and older. Silicone breast implants are entirely made out of silicone with a silicone shell and a silicone gel filling. Silicone breast implants have the advantage of looking and feeling more natural compared to saline breast implants. In the case of a rupture, silicone breast implants will maintain their shape and not deflate the way a saline breast implant would.

Gummy Bear Breast Implant

“Gummy bear” breast implants are very similar to silicone breast implants, except the silicone used in gummy bear breast implants uses a cohesive silicone that is firmer. They are the newest option and are FDA-approved for women 22 and older. Gummy bear breast implants give the most natural look out of the three.

Breast Augmentation in Knoxville & Sevierville, TN

Whether you want saline, silicone, or gummy bear breast implants, Dr. Dean Kleto includes them as options as part of your breast augmentation. Serving the Tennesee community, Dr. Kleto is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of performing breast enlargement procedures and is dedicated to providing you with natural-looking results. If you’re considering breast augmentation, contact Dr. Kleto’s office at 865-524-2442 for the Knoxville, TN office or 865-366-4755 for the Sevierville, TN office to schedule an appointment.


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