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November 2, 2018

Large Breasts In Loose White Spaghetti StrapMost Dallas women think that when it comes to choosing a breast implant type for their breast augmentation surgery, they have two options to choose from: silicone or saline. The reality is, there are actually 7 different breast implant types that a woman can choose for her breast enhancement procedure. Read on to learn more about these 7 types of breast implants, then contact J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery to consult about which implant type will help you meet your surgical goals.

  • Saline Breast Implants: These are a breast implant type that many Dallas women are already familiar with. These implants are inserted deflated and then filled with a sterile saltwater If the implant ruptures, the augmented breast deflates so that the rupture will be immediately identifiable.
  • Structure Saline Breast Implants: These implants are a special type of saline breast implants. They are still filled with a sterile salt water solution, but they contain an internal structure in order to give Dallas women who choose this breast implant type a more natural feeling breast augmentation.
  • Silicone Breast Implants: The most popular breast implants that Dallas women choose for their breast augmentation procedures, these implants are filled with silicone gel. Many women prefer silicone implants because the gel tissue that fills them feels more like breast tissue, leaving them with a breast augmentation that results in breasts that both look and feel natural. If a silicone breast implant ruptures, though, it isn’t immediately noticeable. Women who choose this implant type are advised to undergo periodic MRI scans to confirm their implants are still intact.
  • Gummy Bear Breast Implants: These form-stable implants have a thicker silicone gel inside of them. As a result, these implants maintain their shape even if their exterior shell is broken. Tapered at the top and more full at the bottom, if these implants rotate an additional surgery may be required to give Dallas women their proper breast shape back. A breast augmentation using gummy bear implants also requires a longer incision to be made at the implant site.
  • Round Breast Implants: If you desire an all-over fuller breast appearance, then you may want to consider getting round breast implants. These implant types often help create more cleavage, too.
  • Smooth Breast Implants: These implant types can more easily move around the breast pocket, providing a more natural movement. However, they can display visible rippling under the skin, which is a deterrent to some women.
  • Textured Breast Implants: Designed to keep implants from moving around too much, these implants have a rougher texture on their outer shell. They’re also believed to help prevent a potential implant complication called capsular contracture, which occurs when too much scar tissue forms around the breast implant.

Choosing the Right Breast Implant for You

As you can see, you have a lot of considerations to factor in when choosing the right breast implant for you when you’re having breast enhancement surgery. While this blog may have given you some idea of what you want – or don’t want – most women find that working alongside their plastic surgeon to help make these choices is the best process for them.

If you’re considering breast enhancement surgery, Dr. Hopkins of J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery would love to help guide you through your decision-making process. A skilled and caring plastic surgeon, Dr. Hopkins has over 18 years of experience, has performed more than 5,000 procedures during his career, and is triple board certified.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hopkins today, call (972) 298-6641.