Different Types Of Breast Implants

In the process of looking into breast implants, I knew there were a couple different types. I also remembered there had been some bad press surrounding issues with silicone breast implants, but I really didn’t know much about it either.  Here is what I learned.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone implants have gone through a lot of changes over the past 50 years or so (yes, they’ve been available since 1962 – can you believe that?).  I won’t go into detail regarding the history (because frankly, it’s not that interesting) but I can sum it up for you.

The early ones were made of all kinds of freaky stuff that I wouldn’t put into my body (think Styrofoam – eek!).

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, there were a lot of reports of silicone implants leaking and making women ill, so they were restricted in the U.S. for any use but reconstruction after breast cancer.

Over the next 14 years, extensive research was done, including what was called “one of the most extensive research studies in medical history” by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science and the FDA.  Eventually, the FDA approved silicone implants for general use, as they have been found to show no link to cancer or any other illness.

Non-Cohesive Gel Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone implants are generally made with three layers of silicone shell to minimize the chance or rupture or leakage.

Although this makes them slightly firmer than older versions, they are still softer and more supple than saline.

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Non-Cohesive silicone gel breast implant.

Cohesive Gel Breast Implants

You may have heard of cohesive gel implants, otherwise known as “gummy bear” implants.  These implants are filled with silicone that is very thick with the basic consistency of a gummy bear.  This means that even if the implant ruptures for some reason, the silicone doesn’t actually go anywhere but instead retains its shape and stays in place.

Although gummies have only been recently approved for use in the U.S. by the FDA, they have been used around the world for over a decade with no notable health issues.

This picture shows that even when a cohesive gel breast implant is cut in half, it retains its orginal shape.

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