Different Types of Breast Implants

Different Types of Breast Implants

For those considering Breast Augmentation, the options are now better than ever. Advances in technology have only improved and this procedure continues to offer women a safe way to achieve the silhouette they want. From size, look, and feel of an implant, there are so many options to choose from to get the curves you’ve always wanted.

Different Cup Size

Implants come in a variety of sizes and can be customized to your needs. Because everyone’s shape is different, specific cup sizes will look different on each body. Many women think bigger is better, but you must consider what you already have and how it will work when added to your new implant size. It’s best when researching to focus on overall look rather than the actual cup size. For some leaner frames, a DD might be too big and there may not be enough breast tissue to accommodate such a jump in scale. However, a larger framed woman with same DD might find that this cup size doesn’t yield the desired projection she wants and a more substantial cup would work better. In reality, size is relative, and it’s best to discuss with your doctor what your visions are so they can help you achieve the most suitable option for you.

Traditional Shapes

Implants come in two shapes, round and teardrop, and yield vastly different results. This is essential to understand when choosing what will work best with your figure.


A round implant is a popular shape that resembles a flat disc. There are a variety of options available to achieve your desired profile projection (the distance from the chest wall when you stand to the side), and you can tailor the size to suit your figure. Round implants are fantastic for overall volume as they fill out the top of the breast and give better cleavage. Because of their symmetry, you won’t have to worry about implant rotation. However, some may feel the result look more artificial.


A teardrop shape more closely mimics the natural curve of a breast. This option, though it holds less filler at the top, actually delivers the most projection, as the bulk of its volume is situated at the bottom of the implant. Teardrop implants can also be pricier than round because they need texturizing to reduce the risk of movement or rotation. If budget plays a part in the consideration stage, you’ll want to keep this in mind. However, if you want to go larger with less risk of looking “done,” the teardrop shape is for you.

Types of Material

Both saline and silicone implants have an outer silicone shell. The biggest difference is the fluid used inside.

Saline: Saline implants are deflated with they are inserted into the body and then filled with sterile salt water when they are in place. They are safe to use on any adult 18 years or older.

What happens if saline ruptures: If leakage occurs in a saline implant, the fluid inside will seep out into the body rapidly. Because saline is just salty water, the body will absorb the liquid without any complications. However, undergoing surgery is necessary to remove the empty sack.

Silicone: The silicone implant is filled with a sticky gel that mimics the feel of body fat. Most women have said the look and feel of silicone implants are similar to normal breast tissue.

What happens if silicone ruptures: Leakage in a silicone implant won’t show rapid results like the saline implant will. Because the liquid is thick, it most likely will get stuck in the surrounding breast tissue. Silicone won’t cause breast cancer, tissue disease, or arthritis. Most women feel only slight pain and discomfort. Surgery is then performed to remove and replace the implant.

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