There is substantial science, research and development as well as long-term study of breast implants. In fact, breast implants were done throughout the early 20th Century, although the technology was crude.
The dawn of modern implant technology dates to the 1960’s and improvements have been continuous over the period since then. Materials, design and the surgical procedures have been continuously improved.
Breast Implants are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, each with unique dimensions, designed to meet the individual woman’s needs for the best aesthetic results. Implants are used in both breast augmentation and breast reconstruction surgery.
Broadly speaking, the outer shell of all breast implants is made of silicone. Saline implants are filled with sterile saline (salt water) at the time of surgery. Silicone breast implants are prefilled with a silicone gel. Silicone gel implants tend to be lighter in weight and provide a softer more natural appearing breast than does saline. Both types of implants have been used successfully in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery for decades.
In addition to silicone gel or saline implants, a fifth-generation implant called a “Form Stabilized Silicone Gel” implant is now available. This type of implant is sometimes referred to as a “gummy bear” implant as a result of the more cohesive character of the gel that is used.
Approved by the FDA for unrestricted use in 2015, the more cohesive gel used the implant is a bit firmer and has a more defined shape. Contrary to common misconception, this type of implant is not solid…, it is simply firmer and the gel is more viscous than in a standard silicone implant. Form Stabilized Silicone Gel implants are less likely to lose their shape or ripple, and therefore maintain a more natural appearing breast. These newer implants are best suited for specific patient situations, when rippling, capsular contracture and contour deformity may be more likely.
There is no single “best” breast implant. The decision as to which implant is best for YOU is guided by your personal needs and desired outcome, combined with the technical indications and considerations that Dr. Lynch will discuss with you.
Breast implants are used for many purposes - these include reconstruction, reshaping, overall augmentation and balancing out the size or symmetry of breasts, but this in no means an exhaustive list. Self-image and self-confidence factors also play a role.
As one of New Jersey’s most expert and experienced breast surgeons, Dr. Lynch will spend the time you need in reviewing with you the implants and the benefits of each option for your particular situation. He is committed to insuring that your breast implants are the right choice for you.