BREAST IMPLANT TYPES
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Breast Implants approved for use in Australia come in a wide variety of brands and types in terms of inner filler material, shapes, surfaces and size. The benefit of having so many different implant combinations is that we can thoroughly customise your individual surgery with an implant that will deliver an appearance you will absolutely love!
Implant Fill: Silicone vs Saline
All Breast Implants consist of an outer casing (called the ‘shell’ or ‘wall’) plus an inner filler material which is either saline or silicone.
Silicone and saline implants have different characteristics as set out in the following table:
|Saline Implants||Silicone Implants|
|Filler Material||Saline (Salt Water)||Cohesive Silicone Gel|
|“Feel” of the Implants to Touch||Less natural|
(more of a ‘waterbed’ feel)
|More natural because they feel more like breast tissue.|
|Consequences of Wall Rupture||Saline Implants simply deflate and breast volume is lost. The saline is absorbed by the body without any harmful effects.||Cohesive Gel has a shape-retaining memory, so breast volume is not lost. The leaked Silicone could migrate to regional lymph glands but as silicone is an inert material this is not considered injurious to health.|
|Chances of Spontaneous Deflation||Possible||None|
|Silicone Gel “Bleed” through the Shell & Risk of Silicone Granuloma||None||Possible|
|Chances of Surface Wrinkling/Rippling||Greater||Less|
|Chances of Capsular Contracture||Textured Implants have been reported to generally have a lower risk than Smooth Implants. The percentage risk reported has varied with different studies.|
Implant Shapes: Round vs ‘Tear-Drop’
Round Breast Implants
- Deliver more upper breast fullness.
- Are sometimes the preferred shape to restore upper breast volume lost after breast-feeding or weight loss.
- Can be inserted through any incision location.
- Being perfectly round, implant rotation cannot produce any deformity of breast shape.
‘Tear-Drop’ Breast Implants
- Provide more fullness in the lower half that tapers off towards the top.
- On profile, they deliver a more natural straight-line drape of skin from collar-bone down to nipple.
- Can only be inserted through an incision under the breast.
Implant Surfaces: Smooth vs Textured
Key features of the individual surface types are as follows:
Smooth Implant Surfaces:
- To date, no Australian cases of BIA-ALCL have been reported in women who have only Smooth Implants.
- Reported to have less chance of Rippling/Wrinkling than Textured Implants.
- May have a slightly higher risk Capsular Contracture than Textured Implants.
- ‘Tear-Drop’ Implants are not made with Smooth Surfaces because of the risk of implant rotation producing a shape deformity.
Textured Implant Surfaces:
- All ‘Tear-Drop’ Implants are made only with Textured Surfaces to reduce the risk of implant rotation and resulting shape deformity.
- Reported to have a lower risk of Capsular Contracture than Smooth Implants.
- Reported to have a higher risk of Rippling/Wrinkling than Smooth Implants.
The final choice as to size of implant should be entirely yours. By all means, listen to your surgeon’s opinion but always choose the size that YOU feel gives you the ‘look’ you want and not what you think others may like.
Based on many chest and breast measurements, our Surgeon will hand you various implant shapes and sizes that suit your measurements and have you insert them one at a time into a ‘crop-top’ to see in a mirror the correction each can give you. This is a far more reliable way than 3-D Simulation Technology to choose the shape and size of implant.
Most importantly, although we’ll insert whichever size YOU want (provided, of course, there are no contra-indications), we always recommend you choose a size that is in proportion with your overall figure and makes you look ‘great, not fake’.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Brands aside, implants basically differ in terms of:
• Filler material: Silicone or Saline
• Shape: Round or Tear-Drop
• Surface: Smooth or Textured; and
What are the main differences between Saline and Silicone Implants?
Silicone Implants are far more popular with patients than Saline Implants because they:
• have a more natural ‘feel’ to the touch.
• cannot spontaneously deflate.
• have less chance of visible Rippling/Wrinkling.
• enable patients to choose a very natural ‘Tear Drop’ shape whereas all Saline Implants are ‘Round’.
This is largely a personal choice because every patient has in mind an image of how she wants her breasts to look. The basic differences in appearance are:
• ‘Tear-Drop’ Implants deliver a more natural appearance because they are tapered towards the top and thus allow a straight-line drape of skin from collar-bone down to nipple.
• Round Implants, on the other hand, are fuller at the top than ‘Tear-Drop’ Implants. Although this can be an advantage for women who have lost much upper breast fullness through breast-feeding, in other women they can sometimes produce a ‘stuck on’ look, especially if they have insufficient tissue coverage.
Our Surgeon will show you both types at your Initial Consultation and have you insert each into a ‘crop top’ to see which ‘look’ you like best.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.