Deciding Which Type of Breast Implant is Right for You

Breast Implants
Before making the decision to have breast augmentation in Oregon, a woman has a lot to consider. Many women spend a lot of time thinking about what the right size breast implant would be ideal for them going into their breast surgery, or what the surgery and recovery process might be like. One area that can often be overlooked until the consultation is which type of implant is right for you. Dr. Mark Jewell’s practice is unique as he offers three different types of breast implants: saline-filled, round gel, and the anatomically-shaped, form stable implants (currently part of an FDA-approved study).

For many of the women heading into their consultation, the understanding of the differences in choices can be vague. In order to best prepare women for their upcoming breast surgery, we wanted to provide the most current information on the various types of breast implants available to help you achieve your cosmetic surgery goals.

Saline Breast Implants

One of the most talked about breast implants offered is the saline implant. While often heavier and with a less defined shape then silicone implants, saline implants became popular many years ago as a result of their perceived safety benefits. The human body can absorb saline safely, if the device leaks. While silicone implants have undergone significant changes over the years (more on that below), many women enjoy the peace of mind associated with saline implants.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone implants were banned by the FDA until 2006 when new studies on the outcomes of breast implants led to the ban being lifted. Newer silicone implants use a more cohesive gel that holds its form better and reduces the chance of getting into the body if a leak does occur. Silicone implants are often the top choice of women for a more natural look and feel than saline implants can provide.

“Gummy Bear” Breast Implants

The third and newest breast implant is a solid gel implant nicknamed the “Gummy Bear” implant. This implant is more of an extension of the silicone implant rather than being an entirely different entity. The “Gummy Bear” implant is an even more cohesive gel implant that holds its shape much better than the other implants. Like the silicone implants, because of the cohesive nature of the gel, there is much less risk in the event of a leak. One major difference with the “Gummy Bear” implants is that they often require a larger incision for insertion. These implants have been used worldwide for some time and for eleven years in the United States as part of FDA-approved studies.

Going into your consultation with Dr. Jewell about your breast implants with an understanding of your breast surgery options will help smooth the process for you. Dr. Jewell will be able to talk about all of the options with you thoroughly and answer any questions you may have. By staying informed, you are one step closer to achieving your breast augmentation goals.

For more information on breast surgery and implant options visit the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at or Breast Implant Safety at

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