Comparing the Different Types of Breast Implants

The decision to get breast implants is a highly personal one. Once you do decide to undergo breast augmentation, you’ll find that the procedure is highly tailored to your unique needs and goals. Selecting a type of breast implant is one of many decisions to make as you work with your Tucson plastic surgeon to plan your surgery. Here’s a brief overview of what you should know about the different types of breast implants. 


Silicone implants consist of a silicone shell pre-filled with a silicone gel that won’t leak or travel if the implant ruptures, which is itself uncommon. The overwhelming majority of patients choose the silicone gel more closely mimics breast tissue, and they give a soft and natural look and feel. The silicone gel implants have options in terms of the consistency/ “thickness” of the gel. The traditional Inspira gel is the most popular followed by the highly-cohesive gel which is the implant often referred to as the “gummy bear”.


If your goal is a rounder, fuller appearance, saline implants are may be ideal for you. These implants are placed into the body unfilled and then injected with saline solution to the appropriate volume. Unlike silicone, saline implants feel more firm and you can feel the edge of the implant.

Implant Sizes 

Another important factor to think about is implant size. Most patients will come into their breast augmentation consults with a cup size in mind. However, your surgeon will be thinking more about the appropriate width and height of the implants for your natural breast and body shape. Thus, you may end up with a cup size that’s different from your initial goal but that is more fitting for your overall silhouette. 

Vectra 3D imaging technology can assist in seeing what different implant sizes will look like on your body and your frame.

If you are thinking about any type of plastic surgery, rely on the experience and artistic touch of Dr. Christopher Maloney at Maloney Plastic Surgery. Dr. Maloney is a Harvard-trained plastic surgeon who has been serving patients from his Tucson surgical practice since 2002. Our office can be reached for appointments at (520) 298-2330.