Considering Breast Implants? What are the Different Breast Implant Types

Considering Breast Implants? What are the Different Breast Implant Types

Considering breast augmentation? Dr. Alexander G. Nein of Nashville, Tennessee discusses the various breast implant types and how to make your decision.

If you’re unhappy with the size of your breasts, or have lost volume due to pregnancy and childbirth, changes in your weight, or aging, breast augmentation could be a great way to boost your confidence.

Far from being a one-size-fits all solution for breasts, there are a few breast implant types for to consider before deciding to go ahead with breast augmentation. Whether you have naturally small or larger breasts, a board-certified plastic surgeon has the expertise required to identify and provide the best breast implant type for you, your body and your desired outcome.

Saline Breast Implants

Perhaps one of the best-known types of implant used during breast augmentation is the saline option. With this breast implant type, an outer silicone shell is inserted into the breast before being filled, meaning there may be a smaller incision and resulting scar after the procedure. Saline breast implants generally offer a more uniform, firmer feel and are most suitable for women in search of a more dramatic boost. Your board-certified plastic surgeon will discuss the best implant type for you during consultation but, in general, saline implants are most suitable for those with a reasonable amount of breast tissue to cover the shell.

Silicone Gel Implants

This breast implant type tends to appeal to those looking for a natural feel and look after augmentation. Rather than being filled after insertion, as saline implants are, silicone breast implants come pre-filled with a jelly-like silicone gel before the procedure. The nature of silicone gel implants means they may be more suitable for women with a naturally petite frame, although the most suitable option will vary between individuals. Aside from the specific advantages offered by silicone breast implants, individuals opting for this breast implant type can also enjoy the general benefits of breast augmentation.


If you’re interested in being at the cutting-edge of technology, you may be interested to learn about the IDEAL IMPLANT®. Available in only one clinic within 200 miles of Nashville, this option has recently gained FDA approval, meaning it can only be offered by a select number of board-certified plastic surgeons.

Using a series of nested shells for a more natural look and feel, IDEAL IMPLANT® could be the ideal way to achieve both the softness of silicone implants and the peace of mind offered by the saline option. For those who like to know about the technical side of things, the effect of IDEAL IMPLANT® is achieved by filling the inner and outer shells with saline, while the middle shells in the nest are left unfilled and perforated.

Gummy Bear Breast Implants

Officially called form-stable silicone implants, this type of breast implant is also known as a gummy bear implant. The reason behind the name is the fact that the implant will retain its shape in the unlikely event of rupture. A thicker-than-usual silicone gel filling means that gummy bear implants can keep their shape and, as such, are believed to be more difficult to damage than traditional silicone breast implants. Another difference between gummy bear and other silicone breast implant types is the shaping – gummy bear implants tend to be shaped, rather than round.

Round Breast Implants

While the breast implants types discussed so far have focused on the material used to create the implant itself, it’s now time to discuss shape. Once you have chosen between saline, silicone, IDEAL IMPLANT® or gummy bear breast implants, you’ll need to decide on the shape you wish to achieve. In fact, your desired outcome is likely to have some bearing on the implant type you choose, so the sooner you start to consider it, the better. As the name suggests, round breast implants offer a full, more uniformly rounded effect.

Smooth Breast Implants

If a natural appearance is important to you when it comes to planning your breast augmentation, you may wish to consider smooth breast implants. Smooth implants are the softest type, offering a smoother, more naturally-moving result than some other types may be able to achieve.

Textured Breast Implants

The method used in creating textured breast implants involves developing scar tissue to attach to the implant, anchoring it in place and making repositioning and moving inside the breast less likely than it can be with other breast implant types.

Whichever breast implant type you decide is most suitable for you and the end result you wish to achieve, remember it is important to ensure a board-certified plastic surgeon carries out the procedure. As the best option for breast augmentation is a very individual decision, your plastic surgeon will discuss the suitability of each available type during your initial consultation session, along with other factors such as the positioning of the breast implant and the incision type which will be used. All aspects of the procedure will be designed to suit you and your individual requirements.

Guest post by – Dr. Alexander Nein
2400 Patterson St. Suite 202
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 327-0201