Breast Implant TypesBreast implants come in three different varieties: the shape, the surface material texture and the filler. All implants have a silicone outer coating and implants of each type come in various
Implants may be round or teardrop (anatomical) shaped. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages and the shape of implant can be discussed at the time of the consultation.
Implants can be smooth or textured. Textured implants have a rough surface and smooth implants have a smooth texture. Textured implants have a lower risk of developing capsular contracture, which is explained in the risks section.
Implants are commonly called silicone implants or saline implants and this refers to the fluid used to fill the implant. All implants have a silicone shell, but the filler material can differ. The most common filler materials we use nowadays are silicone or saline. Saline implants are filled with salt water at the time of the operation and a valve within the implant reduces the risk of saline leaking out of the implant causing deflation.
Silicone implants have been extensively tested for safety and an independent government report is available for you on line. Different types of silicone are also available - some implants have thicker silicone within them, and the silicone will not leak out of the implant even if the implant ruptures.
Other implants use softer silicone gel. These implants are more affordable and feel softer but can potentially leak silicone into your breast. You can see a few of the different implant types at