Types of Breast Implants

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Types of breast implants

There are two types of breast implants available now:

  • Saline implants
  • Silicone gel implants

Dr. Moore agrees that the FDA approved silicone gel breast implants are the best choice, because they’re safe and provide an excellent, reproducible result.

From 1992 until November 17, 2006, the FDA restricted use of the silicone gel implants, while further safety studies were done. On November 17, 2006, these implants were fully approved by the FDA for all women aged 22 or over. Dr. Moore now agrees in recommending silicone gel breast implants as the better option.

Silicone gel breast implants

Silicon (without an "e" on the end) is an element, like oxygen, nitrogen, copper, iron, etc. and after oxygen, is the most abundant element. It's not found by itself, but in sand, rocks, quartz, and opals, for instance.

Silicones (with the "e") are a group of plastic substances which have silicon as one of their components. They can be liquids or gels, or can have a rubbery consistency, or a hard consistency. Silicone is used in many surgical scenarios, such as for artificial joints and facial implants. The silicone used in breast implants has a soft, resilient texture that closely resembles natural breast tissue.

The silicone implants used before the 1970s had thick shells. In the 1970s and 1980s, thinner shells were introduced but they were found to have a tendency to rupture, and this is why the FDA restricted their use in 1992, pending further research.

Today's silicone gel implants, approved by the FDA, are manufactured by two companies in California: Allergan Corp, and Mentor Corp. Complying with the FDA's request, they will be conducting ten-year post-approval studies on about 40,000 women. A post-approval study is often requested by the FDA to gather information that can only be gathered after a product is in wide general use.

Advantages of silicone gel implants

  • Silicone gel implants have a more natural look and feel to them
  • They can be round or teardrop-shaped
  • They come in three profiles: moderate, mid-range, and high
  • Their surface can be either smooth or textured
  • They can use three of the same incision locations as saline implants: in the armpit, below the nipple, or below the breast.

Since silicone gel implants are pre-filled, and cannot be adjusted after they're in position, the incision must be a little larger. But the incision sites are all discreet and well hidden.



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