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Different Kinds of Breast Lift Implants

Breast Lift Implants | Cosmetic Surgery 

Plastic surgeons will often advise their patients about the pros and cons of breast lift implants. Compared to a straightforward lift without implants, having a mastopexy with implants is considered more risky. Despite this, around 289,328 US-based patients elected to have breast augmentation surgery in 2009 according to the report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The statistics show a decline of 6% from the previous year’s numbers but is most likely due more to the difficulties in the economy than a waning interest in getting breast lift implants.

Breast lift with implants is considered by many to be more effective in achieving aesthetically pleasing breasts than if only a breast lift procedure was performed. A breast implant, increases the volume of the breasts, improves the appearance of the cleavage and adds firmness to the breasts. Indeed there have been several advancements in breast implants over the years in terms of quality of results and safety. The following lists down some of the better known kinds of breast implants used in the world of cosmetic surgery.

Saline breast lift implants

Saline implants are made using a silicone elastomer shell which is inserted into the body and then filled with a saline solution. The use of these salt-water implants minimizes the need for a large incision since the shell is empty before implanting it into the breasts. The end result is minimal scarring although there are feedbacks against this type of implants pointing to wrinkling and rippling which makes the implants more noticeable. Saline implants are best for women with breasts that have more volume and if sub-muscular placement of the implants is viable.

Silicone gel implants

The popular albeit controversial choice for implants to date is the silicone gel implant. This kind of implant consists of thin silicone shells that are filled with a viscous silicone gel material. The newest silicone implants are elastomer-coated to prevent rupture of the shells that result to gel bleed. Silicone gel implants are observed to be correlated to capsular contracture which causes the breasts to feel hard and painful. When silicone implants rupture, reconstructive breast surgery may be required.

"Gummy bear" implants

Recent developments in breast lift implants include the semi-solid cohesive gel variant which is often likened to Gummy Bears; hence the term gummy bear implants. These form-stable gel implants are considerably less prone to rupture and capsular contracture. A growing number of surgeons in the United States have begun studying the use of cohesive gel implants but it has been adopted in other countries since the 1990’s.

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