Different Kinds of
Breast Lift Implants
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
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
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