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Top 5 Alternatives to Silicone & Saline Implants

When it comes to breast augmentation, nothing is more important than exploring your options. Fortunately, today’s advancements in plastic surgery have opened up the arena for many different types of breast implants. You’ve probably heard of silicone and saline for breast implants, but there are an array of other implant types that can help you get exactly the look, size, shape, and feel that you want. Read on to learn more about the types of breast implants—beyond silicone and saline—that you may have never heard of.

1. Cohesive Gel Implants. Also known as “gummy bear implants” and “memory gel implants,” these types of breast implant alternative was introduced to the Western market in 2000. They are made out of a semi-solid gel that keeps it upright shape in any position. Women who’ve gotten cohesive gel implants have commented that their new breasts not only feel natural to the touch, but also feel natural within their bodies. Best of all, cohesive gel implants are unlikely to rupture, ripple, or fold.

2. Fat Injections for Larger Breasts. If getting surgery to enhance your breasts doesn’t sound appealing to you, you can opt for fat fillers. Using fat fillers on your breath requires no surgery or general anesthesia, so it’s ideal for people who are looking for a less invasive way to get larger breasts. First, fat is harvested from areas of the patient’s body that tend to store fat: the thighs, abdomen, hips, and buttocks are popular places. The fat is then purified so that it can be safely injected into the breasts. A plastic surgeon will use either a topical numbing cream or a local IV sedation to ease the pain.

3. Breast Lift.

A breast lift is a fine option for women who want to improve the look of their breasts without having actual implants put in. A breast lift is a surgical procedure that lifts the breasts upward so that they look perkier, more shapely, and youthful—so it’s ideal for older women with sagging breasts. It’s important to note that a breast implant is best performed on women with existing breast tissue who aren’t looking to go larger.

4. Bra Inserts. Trying out a new breast size using special bra inserts is a perfectly fine way to see how different sizes look on you. Specialty lingerie stores like Victoria’s Secret carries inserts made out of cotton, gel, and other materials. But wearing bra inserts is nothing like having the real deal, which is why they make good stepping stones to a more permanent breast augmentation solution.

5. DIEP Flap Method. The DIEP Flap Method (deep inferior epigastric perforators) is a type of breast reconstruction, which means that it’s suitable for women who’ve had masectomies or other types of breast trauma. The DIEP Flap Method is the ultimate way to totally reshape your breasts to match an existing breast, or change your breasts into the ones you’ve always wanted. A flap composed of fat, skin, and arteries is taken from a patients body and transplanted to the breast. The plastic surgeon can then recreate a breast that looks and feels totally natural.

If you’d like to learn more about your breast implant alternatives and options, the best thing you can do is to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area. During your consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to weigh your options and find out which breast augmentation choice is best for your aesthetic desire, lifestyle, and budget.

 

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