Types of Implants
- Saline - Saline implants are filled with sterile saline which is a natural body substance. Rupture is very easily detected with a saline implant; however, the risk is very low for a rupture. These implants are FDA approved and offer an excellent warranty.
- Silicone (Gel) - Silicone implants are filled with a semi-cohesive (partially sticks together) gel substance that has been tested and was approved by the FDA in 2006. This is not the same gel as the old liquid gel implants used in the 70's, 80's, and even early 90's. Rupture is a little more difficult to detect with a gel device since its substance sticks to itself. In the event of a rupture, a MRI may be required to confirm implant rupture. Many women believe the gel implant feels softer and more similar to actual breast tissue, with less chance of visible or palpable rippling or wrinkling, which may be a appreciated with the saline filled devices.
Gummibear (410) - This implant is currently available to only 80 surgeons in the country who have been invited to participate in Allergan's clinical trial of the Gummibear (Style 410) device. The last part of the clinical trial which is open to patients, prior to this device obtaining final FDA approval for everyone, is for patients who are undergoing revision of a currently implanted breast. The Style 410 implant, although not yet approved by the FDA for first-time breast augmentation patients in the US, has been extensively used and studied in Europe and other countries, where early clinical data shows a reduction in revisions due to both rupture and capsular contracture. The implant is fully cohesive, therefore, in the event of a rupture, the gel would stick to itself. An MRI may be required to confirm implant rupture.