Which is The Better Implant: Saline Implants or the New Cohesive Gel Implant?

Saline implants are the safest implant available in the United States but they certainly aren’t the only implant available. There is a new implant on the scene. It is called the Cohesive Gel Implant. Not only is this new implant gaining in popularity, but it is also threatening to claim the title of the safest implant available.

 

The American woman has two choices for her breast augmentation: saline implants or silicone gel implants. There is actually a third choice available that many women don’t yet know about. It’s called the Cohesive Gel Implant. The only problem is the FDA has not yet approved them for unrestricted use which means that it could be many more years before women can freely choose them for their breast augmentation surgery. However, it is still possible to have them for your surgery – you’ll have to apply to become a part of the FDA’s clinical trial.

 

Not everyone that applies for the cohesive gel clinical trial gets approved but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try! If you do get accepted, you’ll most likely get your surgery fees reimbursed. In exchange, you’ll need to agree to follow-up visits with your breast augmentation surgeon over the next ten years.

 

What makes a cohesive gel implant different than a saline implant? For starters, the cohesive gel implant is not filled with a liquid. It uses a solid mass of silicone gel. During its production, the manufacturer adds a cross-linker to the gel which makes the gel solidify into a solid mass. Depending on the cross-linker used, the consistency of the gel can range from soft to hard. There are currently four grades of cohesive gel being tested for the clinical trial.

 

The cohesive gel’s solid filler has garnered it the nickname Gummy Bear Breast Implant. The filler used in saline implants is a liquid: it is a saltwater solution that is relatively harmless to the human body. The reason why saline implants are considered the safest implant available is because its saline solution, if leaked from the implant, will simply be absorbed into the body and eventually passed via urination.

 

Saline implants are prone to rupture. In all fairness, all implants that use liquid filler are prone to rupture. A leaking saline implant will usually deflate within a 48 hour period, allowing the woman to quickly identify that one of her implants has ruptured. In regards to safety, saline implants are quickly detected should they rupture, and their filler is practically harmless to the body. Both of those traits have made the saline implant the safest implant available for breast augmentation surgery.

 

The new cohesive gel implant appears to be impervious to rupture. Early evidence suggests that the solid gel design makes them extremely resistant to rupturing. The solid gel also makes them leak-proof. Because of those two safety-related aspects, the cohesive gel implant may indeed become the safest of available implants once the FDA finishes their clinical trial.

 

Cohesive gel implants are a solid mass of gel; therefore they require large incisions in order for them to be positioned within the breast. Unlike saline implants which can be squeezed through a small incision, cohesive gel implants require the surgeon to make a larger than normal incision for the procedure. Larger incisions equate to a higher potential for scarring. In respect to minimal scarring, choosing saline implants for your procedure is the wiser choice.

 

If you are interested in saline breast implants, it’s recommended you speak with a certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Brian Evans that specializes in breast augmentation surgery. If you are interested in cohesive gel implants, you will need to speak with a breast augmentation surgeon who is participating in the FDA’s clinical trial.

 

For more details you can consult Dr. Brian Evans a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Brian Evans MD can evaluate your anatomy and take accurate measurements of your chest and breasts to determine the proper proportions for your frame. He will also take into account how lax, or loose, your skin is — an important consideration because, for an aesthetically pleasing augmentation, you must have enough tissue to cover the breast implants.

Call (818) 676-4001 him today!

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