Types of Breast Implants

In some breast reconstruction procedures, a breast implant can be placed under the skin remaining after a mastectomy, or inside a pocket of tissue that has been expanded to accommodate an implant. There are a variety of sizes, shapes and types of breast implants. While implant reconstruction is not available to all breast reconstruction patients due to specific circumstances that vary with each procedure, our plastic and reconstructive surgeons with the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group’s Breast Reconstruction Surgery Center will help each patient determine the best course of treatment while guiding them through the breast reconstruction process as they regain their confidence and overall well-being.

At LIPSG, we understand the trying process of breast reconstruction, and strive to instill confidence in our patients as we work to rebuild their emotional, mental, and physical health. Our surgeons are some of the highly experienced and well-educated plastic and reconstructive surgeons, having trained at prestigious medical institutions such as the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Along with our patients, we seek to enhance the entire reconstruction process by encouraging a collaborative effort an incorporating the number of specialists involved in treatment of breast cancer, including oncologists, radiologists, and breast surgeons.

Contact LIPSG for more information on breast implants at our Long Island and Manhattan, New York-area practice.

Breast Implant Types

Breast implants come in all different sizes and shapes, but there are only two types: silicone and saline. There are advantages and disadvantages to both; however, both types have proven effective at creating a beautiful, natural-looking new breast after mastectomy.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants are composed of a silicone outer shell filled with a saline solution. They are soft and strong, and are typically inserted into the breast cavity before inflation with saline to allow for less scarring after the procedure. If a saline implant ruptures, the solution inside is safely and easily absorbed by the body and the deflation of the implant is typically immediately noticeable. Saline breast implants are approved for use in breast reconstruction patients of all ages.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone implants are also composed of a silicone outer shell; however, instead of a saline solution, they are filled with a thick silicone gel before placement. These implants are known to look and feel more natural than saline implants. There are some disadvantages to silicone implants, including a higher incidence of capsular contracture (scar tissue forming around the implant, creating a hardened feel). Rupture of silicone implants is also not as easily detectable as saline implants. Patients who opt for silicone implants can rest assured the silicone implants have been proven to be safe, as they are approved for use in breast reconstruction for patients of any age by the FDA; however, all patients should remember to have routine exams to support their continued recovery throughout the breast reconstruction process.

For more information on incorporating breast implants into the breast reconstruction treatment plan, contact LIPSG to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeons.