Round or Teardrop? Saline, Silicone or Form Stable (Gummy) Implants? What’s the Difference? Which one is best for me?

 

Form Stable (Gummy Bear) Implants

 

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Form Stable Implants are relatively new to the US market. However, these implants have been used in Europe and Canada for several years. These implants consist of an outer shell of several layers of silicone rubber that is thicker than the cohesive gel silicone implants.

Form Stable implants are available in round and various “tear drop” shapes. The inside of the Form Stable implant is silicone but a much firmer consistency. Kind of like the consistency of the candy (gummy bears). Firmer and Natural!

Cost: These implants tend to be the more expensive implants and the reason is…They are the best implants available!

Feel: These implants are a firm cohesive gel with a similar feel to the gummy bear candy we all love.

Volume (Size): Ranges from 125 cc’s to 670 cc’s.

Shapes: 12 different shapes are available varying in height, width and projection.

Wrinkling: Less than 1% chance of rippling.

Ruptures: What if my Form Stable (gummy) implant ruptures? Studies have shown that the risk of rupture has been reduced with these implants due to the increased thickness and the texturing of the outer shell. When a silicone implant ruptures, the silicone usually stays in the capsule/cavity that the implant is put in. With the gel being cohesive and not “runny” (like the old silicone implants) it is rare that the silicone leaks outside the capsule should a rupture occur. Contact your surgeon if you think a rupture has occured.

Silicone Implants (Cohesive Gel)

 

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Silicone Implants are constructed using an outer shell of silicone rubber and they are available in a smooth or textured surface. The inside of a cohesive silicone implant is silicone and the consistency is similar to that of firm “Jello”.

Here are some facts about silicone implants:

Cost: Silicone implants are the mid-range priced implants. More than saline but less than Form Stable (Gummy).

Feel: Silicone (cohesive gle) implants feel softer therefore more natural than saline implants.

Volume (Size): Silicone implants are pre-filled but come in a wide range of volumes and sizes.

Wrinkling: In general, silicone implants don’t develop the edge wrinkling that is common with saline implants. If a capsule formation does occur, silicone gel implants can develop wrinkling.

Ruptures: What if my silicone implant ruputures? When a silicone implant ruptures, the silicone usually stays in the capsule/cavity that the implant is in. With the gel being cohesive (and not runny like the old silicone implants) it is rare that the silicone leaks outside the capsule if a rupture occurs. Contact your surgeon if you think a rupture has occured.

Saline Implants

 

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Saline Implants are constructed of an outer shell of several layers of silicone rubber that includes a valve. Saline implants are usually filled to their final size after the shell is place inside the breast pocket. A disposable tube is used that runs from a bag of saline to the implant within the breast cavity. When the tube is withdrawn, the valve seals automatically, and a small additional sealing tip attached to the implant is inserted into the top of the valve.

Here are some facts about saline implants:

Cost: Saline implants are the least expensive of all implants.

Feel: Saline implants can be somewhat less soft and feel less natural than silicone gel implants. Some patients say they feel heavier than other implants.

Volume (Size): Saline implants enable surgeons to adjust the volume in each implant. When the initial breast size isn’t the same on each side, the surgeon can adjust the volume to balance the two sides.

Wrinkling: In many augmented breasts, saline implants can be felt at the bottom or along the lower sides as an edge or as slight wrinkles. This effect is normal.

Ruptures: What if My Saline Implant Ruptures or Leaks? If your implant ruptures, deflation happens within a few minutes hours or days. If a saline implant ruptures or leaks, your body will absorb the saline solution and eventually you will have what we sometimes refer to as a “flat tire”.

michelleI’m Michelle Borghetti, the Client Relationship Manager for Brzowski Plastic Surgery. I’d be happy to answer any additional questions you have. My direct line is: 801.833.0666.

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