BREAST IMPLANT MATERIALS
Saline Breast Implants are filled with sterile salt water. These implants are often a good choice because they provide the best projection, a uniform shape, firmness, and feel. They are FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 18 years or older. Should the implant ever leak, the implant will collapse, and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.
Silicone Breast Implants are filled with a silicone gel which provides a feel more like natural breast tissue. The FDA has approved silicone breast implants for augmentation in women age 22 or older.
Unlike a saline implant, a ruptured silicone implant will not collapse. The gel may remain within the implant shell if the implant leaks, or (in older implants) it may escape into the breast implant pocket. Dr. Griner only uses the highest quality cohesive implants that even if the shell were to break, would not leak into your body. The condition of silicone breast implants can be assessed using ultrasound or MRI screening which is recommended by the FDA every 3 years.
BREAST IMPLANT SHAPES
Gummy Bear Breast Implants are referred to as form-stable implants because they maintain their shape even if the implant shell breaks. They are also firmer than traditional implants and are thought to be less likely to break. Shaped, rather than round, Gummy Bear breast implants have more projection at the bottom and are tapered towards the top. Please note: if a shaped implant rotates, it could lead to an unusual appearance of the breast, and the procedure requires a longer incision in the skin to place them correctly.
Round Breast Implants are more likely to make breasts appear fuller than form-stable implants. Even more, a projection can be achieved with higher-profile options. There is less cause for concern about these implants rotating out of place because they are round all over.
BREAST IMPLANT TEXTURES
Smooth Breast Implants feel the softest but may have some palpable or visible rippling. However, since they can move with the breast implant pocket, they may give more natural movement.
Textured Breast Implants are less likely to reposition or move around inside of the breast because the scar tissue that develops will stick to the implant. While texturing offers some advantage in minimizing the risk of a tight scar capsule, Dr. Griner does not use these due to the association discovered between textured implants and Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
Whatever shape you choose, it is important for you to monitor your breast implants with follow-up visits with Dr. Griner.