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Everything You Need to Know About Silicone Implants

When exploring breast implant options, my Las Vegas-area patients find that choosing the implant type is one of the most fun and nerve-wracking parts of the process. There are many different options to consider, including shape, filling, profile, and size. We’ll review this thoroughly during your consultation, but here’s an in-depth look at silicone implants, one of the most popular breast implant materials used today.

What’s inside?

Silicone implants have a consistency similar to the inside of a gummy bear (which is why they’re sometimes called “gummy bear” implants). This cohesive gel lends itself to a very natural look and feel.

Highly Cohesive vs Cohesive Implants

You’ll have two choices for silicone implants: highly cohesive, aka “gummy bear implants,” and cohesive implants. Highly cohesive implants are the latest in silicone technology; they hold together even if they’re punctured or torn. They have a very natural shape and feel, and they are less likely to show visible rippling. Cohesive implants are slightly less cohesive, and they provide a naturally soft and pliable feel. Keep in mind that these silicone breast implants are approved by the FDA for use in patients who are aged 22 and older.

You have two incision options when choosing silicone breast implants. The first is called a periareolar incision. It is made along the lower edge of the areola. The other option is an inframammary incision, which is made in the crease underneath the breast. The transaxillary incision option, which is made in a natural crease within the armpit, is only available with saline implants. You can read more about these incision types on our breast augmentation page and in this earlier blog post.

Cohesive silicone gel implants (gummy bear implants) cost about $1,000 more than saline implants. The total cost for breast augmentation procedures range from $4,600 to $6,000, including the cost of the implants. During you consultation, you will receive a personalized price estimate.

Yes, breast implants are available in round and teardrop shapes. Most patients choose round implants because they provide fullness in the upper breast, and they produce noticeable cleavage. Teardrop implants more closely mimic the breast’s natural shape, gradually sloping with more fullness at the bottom of the breast.

The implant’s profile relates to how far it projects from your chest. The higher the profile, the more the implant sticks out (projects) from the chest. The base of a high-profile breast implant will also be more narrow than an implant with a lower profile. The base size is also important because we want the implant to fit on your torso in a natural-looking way.

Not sure what type of implant is right for you? That’s completely normal. You can see the type of results breast augmentation patients achieve at my Las Vegas-area practice by browsing through these before-and-after photos.

During your complimentary consultation, we’ll help you determine the right implant for your body type and goals. You can request your complimentary consultation by using our online form or calling my office at (702) 566-8300.

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