Which Breast Implant Type Should I Choose? What are the Pros and Cons of Each Type?

Breast implants can change the way you look and the way you feel about your body. Which type of breast implant is right for your breast augmentation though? What pros and cons do each type of implant have? Should you have a breast lift along with the breast augmentation for the best possible results? These are all common questions that should be discussed with your Sydney plastic surgeon during your consultation.

Breast Implant Types

Breast implants come in many different shapes and sizes, but there are only a few main types used for breast augmentation by a Sydney plastic surgeon. Each medical professional will have one or two types that they are most familiar with and use during the plastic surgery. The three basic breast augmentation implant types are:

  • Regular silicone gel
  • Highly cohesive silicone gel, frequently called gummy bear breast implants
  • Saline

The Pros and Cons of Each

Your Sydney plastic surgeon should explain the pros and cons of each breast implant type during your consultation, and discuss which is right for your breast augmentation procedure and why. Some of the pros and cons you need to know include:

Silicone Gel Implants


  • Feels most like normal breast tissue
  • A lower risk of rippling
  • Looks and feels natural


  • The incision required is longer, making some placement methods impossible, because the implant is pre-filled
  • Ruptures can be difficult to detect
  • Only comes in round shape, teardrop shape is not available
  • Periodic screenings and diagnostic tests are required to ensure proper function

Highly Cohesive Silicone Gel Breast Implants


  • Less risk of capsular contracture, rippling, or rupture when compared to other two implant types used for breast augmentation
  • Long term performance that is superior. Shape is held better over time
  • Teardrop shape is available as well as round shape with this breast augmentation type
  • Shape is more natural


  • Firmer than natural breast tissue
  • A longer incision is requires which makes certain placement methods impossible
  • Malrotation is rare but possible
  • May be a little more expensive than other breast implant types

Saline Breast Augmentation Implants


  • Implants are adjustable.
  • The most projection and upper pole fullness possible
  • Incision required is smaller
  • Rupture is easily detected because the breast implant will deflate and the rupture is noticeable
  • Less expensive than silicone breast augmentation implant types


  • Less natural feel, the implants are firmer than your natural tissue
  • Higher risk of rippling and rupturing than silicone breast implants
  • This implant type is heavier which can cause bottoming out over time after the implants have been placed

Which Breast Implant Type is Right for my Breast Augmentation?

The only way to determine which breast implant type is right for you, or if you could benefit from a breast lift at the same time, is to consult with an experienced and highly qualified Sydney plastic surgeon. Each case is different and unique. What is right for someone else may not be right for you. Only a plastic surgeon can determine which type, method, shape, size, and other factors will provide the best possible results in your case.

To find out more about this or our other cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures, please contact Pure Aesthetics on (02) 919 97448 or send us an enquiry.