Types of Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is one of the more customizable cosmetic surgery procedures today, which makes it a highly popular procedure among women in different age groups.

Various types and sizes of breast implants are available, and the patient can choose them according to her unique cosmetic and anatomical needs. At the time of pre-op consultation, the surgeon will help the patient make the right choice of implants.

Patients should select the appropriate implant type to match with her personal cosmetic goals and comfort level. Implants should provide proportion and shape to the body, and the focus should not just be on the size. If the patient only has limited breast skin available, she should not select very large implants so that the risk of implant rippling is minimized.

Committed, perspicacious, and board certified plastic surgeon Roger Tsai, MD provides breast implants to patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA , and surrounding locations in this part of the southwest.


Breast implants are broadly classified into two categories: saline and silicone implants. The surgeon will inform the patient about the advantages and limitations of both types and discuss their respective costs and other aspects to help her make the best choice for her breast augmentation plastic surgery procedure.

Saline Implants

The FDA has approved saline implants for women above the age of 18. These were the implants originally approved by the FDA, and continue to remain popular till today. The inner core of saline implants is filled with a saline solution, and the outer shell is made of silicone. Saline implants can provide natural shape and firmness to the breasts.

The benefit with saline implants is that they can be inserted in a deflated condition using a smaller incision, while the saline solution can be filled thereafter. Saline solution is completely biocompatible, which makes these implants safe in the event of implant leakage or rupture. In such a case, the saline solution will get naturally absorbed in the body.

Silicone Implants

The FDA approved silicone implants a few years after the introduction of saline implants. However, now silicone implants are more popular than saline. The aesthetic benefits and natural feel of these implants is superior due to the silicone gel core. Silicone implants are approved for women above the age of 21.

The silicone gel in these implants allows it to mimic the natural effect of the breast tissue. This makes them a preferred implant option for many women. Profound and reliable cosmetic surgeon Dr. Tsai receives patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and other cities and neighborhoods across the horizon for breast implant surgery and other aesthetic procedures.

Gummy Bear Implants

These are the latest and most advanced implant quality in the US, which are made of ultra cohesive silicone gel core. Form and shape of these implants remains maintained even under pressure because of the high viscosity of the silicone gel.

The silicone gel in these implants will not leak out to other areas in the body even when the implant is damaged or broken. Both silicone and saline implants are available in round and tear drop shape as well as sizes ranging between 120 cc and 960 cc.

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