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How I choose the type of Breast Implant

Breast Implant types

History is littered with poor quality silicone implants from big corporations trying to make a quick buck. How can you be sure you are getting a quality implant??

Breast Implants can be grouped into the following main categories

  1. Saline
  2. Silicone smooth round
  3. Silicone Textured round
  4. Silicone Textured Anatomical (Teardrop)
  5. Polyurethane
  6. Motiva (microtexturing)

The initial and foremost characteristic that I look for in a breast implant that is going to last 20-30 years is safety. This means a company with a long track record with a low leak and capsular contracture rate.

History is littered with poor quality silicone implants from big corporations trying to make a quick buck 

First to the implants I don’t use. Saline gives a far inferior look and feel compared with silicone implants and has a much greater chance of visible wrinkling.  For this reason I use silicone implants in 99% of cases.  Polyurethane implants are more difficult to use and do not have a proven safety record so are only used rarely in my practice.  Motiva are the newest type of implant using microtexturing technology which whilst it may have potential advantages, is unproven at this point in time.

This leaves options 2,3 and 4. I use all of these from the 2 longest and leading implant companies – Mentor and Allergan.

This opinion piece was brought to you by Dr Damien Grinsell.

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