What Are Breast Implants?

Breast implants are prosthetic devices used to enhance a woman’s appearance through breast augmentation or breast enlargement (also known as mammoplasty or breast enhancement). Breast implants are mainly used for cosmetic purposes but they can also be used in breast reconstructions.

Types of Breast Implants

There are two main types: silicone gel filled implants and saline filled implants. In recent years, a new type of implant combining the feel of silicone with the safety of saline has become available.

These gummy bear breast implants are cohesive gel implants that are filled with a thicker silicone gel than standard silicone implants. At the moment, gummy bear implants are only available to women who enroll in a clinical trial.

Breast Augmentation Revision

Some women may require a breast augmentation revision to correct or improve the appearance of existing implants. The original surgery may have resulted in complications or the patient was not happy with the results. It is likely that many women who get implants will need revision surgery because breast implants have a limited life span. Some only last for a few years while others need replacing after about 16 years.

With cosmetic breast augmentation, revision rates can be decreased by carefully matching the individual patients’ soft tissue characteristics to the type and size of implants that are used.

A woman wanting to get breast implants has a number of options to choose from. Breast implant sizes range from quite small to very large and you can choose smooth or textured breast implants. Depending on what sort of feel you are aiming for, you could go for the silicone or the saline filled breast implants.

During the consultation with your plastic surgeon in Mexico, he will discuss the best incision type and location for your anatomy. This will ultimately depend on the type of implant you have chosen.

It is important to do all your research beforehand so that you are completely aware of what is involved with getting breast implants.

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