What Are Silicone Breast Implants?
A silicone breast implant consists of a highly durable, elastic silicone shell prefilled with a viscous medical grade (see below) silicone gel that has a pliable consistency closely matching that of natural breast tissue. Silicone implants are available in a wide range of sizes and profiles, and with different shape and surface texture options, to suit the individual requirements and goals of each woman.
- Base width (or diameter) – width on the chest wall; women with narrower chest walls require smaller diameter implants for a proportionate appearance.
- Size (or projection) – protrusion from the chest wall; a suitable size for any given women will depend on her existing breast anatomy and body proportions.
- Shape: Round or Shaped (Teardrop or Anatomic) – Round implants can give a natural or fake looking appearance depending on their placement. Teardrop implants are designed to mimic the gentle contours of a natural breast (for Breast Reconstruction patients only).
- Shell surface: Smooth or Textured – a textured surface for greater tissue adherence, while the smooth surface is less prone to rippling/wrinkling.
Further information on your breast implant choices is given here.