Breast Implant Types and Sizes

Breast implants lead the field of cosmetic surgery sales, with breast augmentation accounting for 286,000 of the total 1.6 million procedures performed in 2012. While public awareness of breast implant procedures is very high, some people are unaware of the various implant types and sizes that are currently approved for use by the FDA.

Dr. Gorin’s clinic is always happy to answer your breast implant questions! His ongoing surgical education and keeping up with cosmetic surgeon industry news ensures that patients enjoy the safest implants, procedures and personalized care.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone gel implants have a long history. Though the FDA shut down silicone implant sales in 1992, due to safety concerns over ruptured implants, further research led the agency to approve safely manufactured silicone breast implant products in 2006.

Today, the FDA approves five silicone implants for manufacture and sale in the United States. Patients are also made aware that implants are not considered a life-long device, and that eventual removal is a safe choice.

Cost, Feel and Size of Silicone Implants

Silicone implants cost manufacturers more to safely produce and distribute compared to saline implants. This is why patients pay a higher cost overall. Many patients report a more natural shape, feel and look for their breasts with silicone implants. The size and shape can be adjusted to patients, meaning a wide variety is available.

Each patient is unique, so specific questions about how silicone or saline will affect a bust line should be asked during pre-operative consultation.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants rely on sterile salt water housed in a shell, instead of a hardened gel. This lowers the risk of severe medical conditions upon rupture, since the implant would collapse and the patient’s body would just absorb and release the leaked saline.

Saline breast implant types approved by the FDA are more uniform in size and shape than silicone. There are no scientifically verified examples of saline implants causing breast cancer or connective tissue disease.

Gummy Bear Implants

Gummy bear breast implants, also called form stable implants, are a relatively new trend in cosmetic surgery. The name derives from the gummy texture and firm form of the material. Various clinical trials and studies have used gummy bear implants for years, and they are currently approved for use by the FDA.

The costs and risks are varied across the nation, with little long-term data available yet. It is best to contact a reliable, skilled and Board Certified breast implant surgeon and get accurate answers about each type and size of implant.


Gummy Bear Breast Implants Before and After Photo

Pre-op (top) | Smooth round silicone implants (middle) | Post-op Gummy Bear Implants (bottom)

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.