Are All Breast Implants the Same?

Different implants can offer a different look and feel. For example, MemoryGel breast implants are designed to feel more like natural breast tissue. Can you share your expertise on how a patient can learn the differences between breast implants?

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Differences between breast implants

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Things to consider when getting breast implants are:

  • Shape: Round or oval, Medium or High Profile
  • Surface: Smooth or Textured
  • Fill material: Silicone or saline.


Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implant comparison

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Although all breast implants are made of a silicone elastomer shell, they differ in many other ways.

Breast implants differ in their
- type of fill (Salt Water vs. Silicone gel)
- Shape ( round vs. tear drop / anatomical)
- dimensions ( diameter / height, projection / volume)
- smooth shell vs. textured shell
- Extent of Height / projection (LP, moderate profile, Moderate Plus Profile and High Profile)

Each woman presenting for either a Breast Augmentation, revision of a breast augmentation or a breast reconstruction may present different needs. The large variety of implants is a response by our leading breast implant manufacturer to put at our disposal as surgeons as many potential options as possible for each woman's needs.

Saline filled implants are easier to put in, allow differential filling to correct small breast asymmetries, allow better mammographic visualization and are cheaper. Silicone gel implants, when compared with same volume and shape saline implants are lighter, ripple less and feel more natural.

There is NO one perfect implant; By discussing your preferences with your Plastic surgeon, he/she can direct you to the implant that has the majority of features you may be seeking from an implant.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

Breast implants

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 There are so many options with breast implants today. Different shapes and sized for similar volumes can accommodate patients of different body shapes.  It has really revolutionized breast implant surgery.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

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Mentor Memory Gel Implants.

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It is not only the feel of the implant material but the shape that play an influence on the final result. Memory Gel implants come in a variety of different shapes and sizes that enhance the ability to achieve a natural shape and contour and select the best implant for the individual anatomy.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Differences in Breast Implants

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The two main manufactures of breast implanst in the USA are mentor and Allergan. Both make a fine product and the differences are minor. Both companies have a variety of sizes and styles to be a great fit for almost any patient.

John P. Stratis, MD
Harrisburg Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants choices

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I recommend implants manufactured by either Allergan or Mentor.  The have the highest quality products and the best support systems.  There are significant differences between gel and saline implants and these differences need to be addressed by your surgeon.  

John Burns, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Learning the difference between breast implants

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 The best way to learn the differences between breast implants is to visit plastic surgeons and ask for an explanation and a chance to see and feel the different implants.  You would need to visit multiple surgeons becasue most only stock one manufacturer's product.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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