Cohesive silicone gel breast implants are improved versions of earlier implant models, featuring thicker, more viscous silicone gel filler than the more liquid silicone filler used in the past. Thanks to its cross-linking molecular structure, cohesive gel filler has a consistency similar to that of a gummy bear candy when cut in half, which means it will maintain its shape and won’t leak into the body in the unlikely event of an implant rupture. Additionally, many improvements in the design and manufacturing of the outer shell that surrounds implant fillers have helped newer cohesive silicone gel implants last longer than previous versions.
Cohesive gel breast implants are more form stable and can last significantly longer than their older counterparts and carry a lifetime warranty. Ruptured silicone implants can only be detected by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), so women with breast implants should consider scheduling an MRI scan every two to three years to check for overall breast implant integrity. Rupture is quite rare.
Women who are questioning whether they should replace their breast implants should always consult with an experienced plastic surgeon. For many women in Tampa, Florida, and the surrounding areas, the consulting plastic surgeon of choice is Dr. Daniel Greenwald of Bayshore Plastic Surgery. Dr. Greenwald has decades of experience in performing breast augmentations and implant revision procedures.
Contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, today to learn more about the lifespan and surgical placement of breast implants. We can also provide additional information about any of our other offered procedures, including breast lifts, tummy tucks, and more.