What’s the Best Type of Implant: Silicone, Saline, or Gummy Bear?

Choosing the best type of implant for your body is an important decision and an overwhelming one. What’s right for one person may not be a good fit for you. Luckily, implants have come a long way over the past couple decades, both in terms of safety and efficacy.

Dr. Dorner will be happy to go over all of your available options during one of your breast augmentation consults. There are several key factors that might sway you one way or the other. We’ve given you a head start towards making a decision about what may or may not be a good fit for you.

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What’s the difference?

Silicone, saline, and highly cohesive silicone gel (gummy bear) implants all start with a silicone rubber shell. But, what’s inside is where the decision-making process starts.


Saline implants have been around for a long time, similar to the silicone gel implants. Since these implants are filled during your procedure, you’ll benefit from a smaller incision. These implants are less natural in texture and feel, although they generally look the same as a silicone implant. While saline implants are less costly than some others on the market, they are more likely to ripple and leak.  If they develop a leak, they will deflate and will need to be replaced.

Silicone Gel

Silicone gel implants are the veteran of implants and are the most popular implant today. They’ve been around for twenty-plus years and continue to be a favorite among many women. Because silicone implants are prefilled, they also require a slightly larger incision. These implants are cohesive on the interior, meaning the softer silicone doesn’t leak when the shell is opened.  They come in multiple shapes or projection to fit your preference. The newest implants on the market include firmer selections if you desire more volume in the upper portion of the breast. You’ll be paying a bit more for silicone implants, but the natural look and feel is worth it.

Breast Implants Before & After

Gummy Bear

These implants are newer and provide a very natural shape without having to place them under the muscle which provides for a quicker recovery and less long-term issues caused by the motion of your pectoral muscle. The natural shape is built into the implant itself. These gummy bear implants are more firm and are more expensive than silicone.  These implants are all textured, to hold them in position. Gummy bear implants are prefilled, meaning you’ll require a slightly larger incision.

When choosing an implant for your breast augmentation, talk to your doctor to about your short and long-term goals. Together you can come up with the ideal implant to suit your individual body.  Bringing pictures to your consultation of breast augmentations you find attractive will help you select the right implant for your desired shape and style.

Schedule a consult with Dr. Dorner to discuss your options by giving us a call at (614) 336-9000 or by filling out the form on this page today!

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