Saline implants are created with sterile saline (salt water) solution. Their size is measured in cc’s—a volume measurement that can allow Dr. Murphy to create the perfect implant size that is suited for your body. Saline implants are cheaper to manufacture than silicone implants. However, saline implants are more prone to a “rippling” effect which may become visible or palpable. Saline implants must be replaced in cases of implant puncture or tear as there will be a loss of volume. Many patients who initially use saline implants will eventually replace them with a silicone variation.
Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel. These implants maintain a feel that is much more natural than that of saline implants. Silicone implants are also less prone to rippling as they are firmer in consistency. However, there are also a few disadvantages in the use of silicone implants. These can be discussed during your consultation.
“GUMMY BEAR” SILICONE IMPLANTS
Form stable silicone implants—or “gummy bear” implants—are anatomically shaped and filled with a more thick, cohesive form of silicone than in the average silicone implant. Due to this consistency, gummy bear implants are much less prone to rippling. These implants also provide a very natural feel and appearance. However, these implants require an incision larger than that of the average silicone implant due to its shape.
MENTOR “MEMORY GEL” SHAPED SILICONE IMPLANTS
Mentor Memory Gel Shaped silicone gel implants are firmer and more form-stable than gummy bear, silicone, and saline implants without compromising a natural feel. These are Dr. Murphy’s recommended implants of choice, and they are also a favorite among most women. They have a silicone case, filled with a thick silicone gel. These shaped, cohesive implants are like gummy bear implants; however, they are more cohesive and are therefore more likely to keep their shape and are nearly completely resistant to rippling. These new shaped implants from Mentor gradually slope with a fuller lower pole, mimicking the natural breast shape. They are also specially designed to reduce the risk of capsular contracture. Mentor Memory Gel Shaped implants have over a 97% satisfaction rate.