Implants come in two basic shapes, either perfectly round or teardrop shaped. Some surgeons prefer one type of implant over the other, whilst others will use different types depending on the patient’s own characteristics – overall, both give excellent results.
Cohesive Silicone Gel (Round Implants)
Cohesive silicone gel is by far the most popular type of implant, with both patients and surgeons alike. The silicone is in the form of a very thick cohesive gel and is contained in a textured silicone shell.
These implants have a very long history of reliability, with literally hundreds of thousands of women worldwide having had them in place for many years. In addition, they are generally considered to be the most natural feeling implant. In recent years, more than 85% of ALL breast implants inserted in the UK have been silicone; 97% of which had textured shells.
Solid Cohesive Silicone Gel (Tear Drop Implants)
In this silicone implant, the gel is made to an almost solid consistency. It is only available with a textured silicone shell. This extra firmness allows the implant to be manufactured in a ‘tear-drop’ shape. Some surgeons consider that this results in a more natural shape for some women. However, they can also be associated with a much firmer consistency or feel.