Whats the Big Difference Between Silicone and Memory Gel? is It Just a Brand Name?

I'm 5ft 9". Lost a lot of weight, about 85 lbs. I want a tummy tuck breast lift with an implant. I wear a 34saggyb. I will do at least three consults. One doctor does saline or silicone. the other memory gel or saline. What is the difference between memory gel and silicone? After my first consult, I settled on 340cc.its. a natural look. And will fill out my saggy boobs. I originally wanted silicone, but now this memory gel is thrown in the mix.

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Is Memory Gel Silicone?

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Memory gel is the Mentor brand name for its silicone gel implant.  The two American breast implant companies, Allergan and Mentor, use the same exact gel from the same exact company.  The silicone shells, however, are different, therefore a straight up answer to your quesiton is that the gels of both companies are the same (the coverings are different) and memory gel is just a brand name.   

Memory gel is a brand name for cohesive silicone gel.

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Each implant company uses different names to describe their own brand of implants, and Mentor Corporation uses "Memory Gel." Allergan Corporation calls their silicone gel implants "Natrelle" and describe the filler as a "soft, cohesive silicone gel."

If you had already decided on silicone, Memory gel just means Mentor silicone implants, Natrelle means Allergan silicone implants, and Silimed means Sientra silicone implants. Sort of like deciding between a cola and a non-cola and then being told Coke is in the options list. Sure it is, but so is Pepsi and RC Cola, just different company names for their brand of cola products.

All of the commercially-available silicone gel implants in the US are FDA approved, and all are cohesive gel products with slight variations in size, dimensions, and actual degree of cohesiveness (though on this aspect they are quite close--none of these companies' gel implants "spill out" if the shell is cut). Each company has its own type of textured or smooth surface technology, and some surgeons utilize only one company's products; other use mostly one and a few of the others; and some may use a few from each company. Ultimately, a busy breast augmentation practice tends to steer towards one company, not because it is superior to the other two companies, but because of certain individual factors, including responsiveness to product needs, sales rep personality, and of course cost. From your standpoint, all are safe and effective and you should feel absolutely comfortable with whichever product your surgeon recommends. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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It's just a brand name

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Memory gel is just a brand name for a type of silicone implant manufactured by Mentor. Silicone implants made by Allergan are called Natrelle.

Memory Gel = Silicone

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Memory Gel implants are produced by a company called Mentor. Memory Gel is the brand name of their implants. They are form stable silicone implants similar to those produced by Allergan (Natrelle) and Sientra. If you have the Memory Gel implant placed in your body, you will be getting a silicone implant.
Thanks for your question. Best of luck!

Gregory Park, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Differences between and among silicone breast impants

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There are currently three manufacturers able to sell FDA-approved silicone breast implants in the US: Mentor, Allergan, and Silimed (marketed by Sientra).  


All of these implants are quite similar and all contain a gel-like silicone filler.  This filler can be called cohesive gel, gummy-bear, or form-stable silicone.  There are minimal differences between the three implants, mostly related to implant size and profile availability. Biologically they are all equivalent.  


Within a few years we will see even more "cohesive" gels on the market, with implants that are stiffer and even more "form stable."

Memory gel is a brand name for mentor

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Silicone and memory gel are same product just differing brand names always involved. The products are very similiar in both companies implants. Good luck

Sanjay Lalla, MD, FACS
West Orange Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Silicone implants

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The two most popular US implants are brand names Natrelle or Memory Gel. They are really the same thing.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

What is Memory Gel?

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When it comes to Breast Implants, there are only a few choices.  Saline or Silicone.  Most patients today are getting silicone.  If you choose silicone there are 3 different companies who make silicone implants and each company has their own "brand" name such as Memory Gel or Natrelle.
So, I think you are making the right decision going with silicone.  Whether you get Mentor Memory Gel or Allergan Natrelle, or Sientra implants is usually a matter of surgeon preference.

Daniel P. Markmann, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

Silicone gel implants have different brand names ("Natrelle", "Memory Gel")

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Until recently, there were only two breast implant companies, Allergan and Mentor.  Each company's gel implant has its own brand name such as Natrelle and Memory Gel

There is now a third implant company that will soon be selling silicone gel implants ONLY to Plastic Surgeons (a first!), and I'm sure their implant will also have its own unique brand name. 

Each company claims its implant has unique features that set it apart from the other company.  In reality, the implants are very similar. 

Most Plastic Surgeons use the product that they are most comfortable with, and often it comes down to customer service from one company over the next.

Karen M. Horton, MD, MSc, FACS, FRCSC

Plastic Surgery, Aesthetic Surgery, Reconstructive Microsurgery

Karen M. Horton, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon


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Both saline implants and gel implants contain silicone.  The shell of both implants are made of solid silicone.  However the implants are filled differently.  Silicone saline implants are filled with saline or salt water.  Silicone gel implants are filled with a gel of silicone.  All saline implants are pretty much the same.  Gel implants differ by their cohesiveness.  If you were to cut a memory gel implant in half the gel would spill out. However, with a "gummy bear" implant the gel stays where it is and there is no spillage. I hope this helps to clarify things.


Todd B. Koch, MD
Buffalo Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

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