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Types of Breast Implants

Breast Implants

Types of Breast ImplantsBreast augmentation cosmetic surgery is an increasingly popular procedure designed to enhance the size and fullness of breasts in proportion to the rest of the body. One of the key decisions that a cosmetic surgeon must take in consultation with the patient is to choose the right type of breast implants to match the patient’s unique aesthetic goals.

The choice of implants in breast augmentation plastic surgery will have an impact on the final results. Therefore, the patients should be aware of various implant options and make an appropriate decision to match with their needs. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is an experienced plastic surgeon providing breast implant surgery to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

Broad Classification

In breast augmentation cosmetic surgery, the types of implants can be broadly classified as saline implants and silicone implants. During the initial consultation, the cosmetic surgeon will explain the pros and cons of both types of breast implants to help the patient make an informed choice.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are considered the traditional implants that are filled with a saline solution. These implants are designed to provide a uniform shape, firmness, and feel. The implants have been approved by the FDA for women in the age group of 18 and above.

Saline implants may be chosen as a part of breast augmentation plastic surgery for their key benefits such as high biocompatibility. In case of an implant damage or leakage, the saline solution will get naturally absorbed by the body, and pose no health risk to the patient.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are a popular choice among patients due to their superior aesthetic advantages. These implants are filled with silicone gel, which has a higher consistency and mimics the touch and feel of natural breast tissue quite closely.

The FDA has approved silicone breast implants for women in the age group of 22 and above. New advanced qualities of silicone implants are very safe due to the highly cohesive nature of the silicone gel. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other areas for breast implant surgery.

Form Stable Breast Implants

Form stable breast implants are also popularly called gummy bear implants because of their highly cohesive silicone gel core. These implants maintain their form and shape due to the higher gel consistency. Furthermore, if the implant shell is damaged, broken or cut, the silicone gel will not leak to other areas of the body.

This makes them a safe choice that is widely accepted by the patients today. The cost of gummy bear implants is likely to be a little higher as compared to traditional saline implants, but the aesthetic appeal and long term patient satisfaction is significantly higher with these implants in most cases.

Breast implants are also classified according to their size, shape, profile, and texture. Typical sizes available in implants range from 120cc to 960cc. Shapes can be round or tear drop, depending on the patient’s aesthetic needs.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit .

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