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Types of Breast Implants to Choose From

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Breast augmentation ranks among one of the more customizable cosmetic surgery procedures today, which is also a reason for its wide acceptance among many patients.

Breast implants are available in different types and sizes, and the patient can select them according to her specific anatomical and aesthetic requirements. During pre-surgery consultation, the surgeon will explain about various implant options and help the patient make the right choice.

It is important for the patient to choose the most appropriate implant type to suit her personal aesthetic sense and comfort level.

The implant size should ideally be chosen to make the breasts appear more proportionate to the rest of the body. In case only limited skin is available in the breasts, the patient should avoid choosing very large implants to minimize the risk of implant rippling. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast implants to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.


Breast implants are mainly classified into two categories: saline implants and silicone gel implants. The surgeon will educate the patient about the pros and cons of both options and apprise them of the associated costs to help her make the best choice for her breast implant plastic surgery procedure.

Saline Implants

plastic surgery 7Saline implants have been approved by the FDA for women above the age of 18. These were the first implants to get FDA approval. The inner core of saline implants is filled with a sterile saline fluid, and the outer shell is made of silicone. Saline implants are designed to provide natural shape and firmness to the breasts.

The implant can be inserted into the breast tissue in a deflated state, and the saline solution can be filled thereafter. This enables the surgeon to place the implant with a smaller incision. Saline solution is totally biocompatible, which makes these implants very safe in the event of implant leakage or rupture. The saline solution will get naturally absorbed in the body in such case.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants received the FDA’s approval a few years after saline implants, but their popularity has now exceeded that of saline implants. The aesthetic appeal and natural touch of these implants is superior due to the silicone gel core. Silicone implants have been approved for women over the age of 21.

The silicone gel in these implants allows it to mimic the natural effect of the breast tissue, which is the prime reason behind their popularity. Accomplished female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and other neighborhoods in this part of the fruited plane for breast implant surgery and other aesthetic procedures.

Gummy Bear Implants

Form stable implants or Gummy Bear implants are ultra-cohesive silicone gel implants. The FDA has approved these latest implant qualities in the US. Due to their highly viscous silicone gel core, these implants are able to maintain form and shape even under pressure.

The silicone gel in these implants will not leak out to other areas in the body even in a situation where the implant is damaged or broken. Both silicone and saline implants are available in sizes ranging between 120 cc and 960 cc.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.322.7265 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.