Types of Breast Implants

Interested in getting breast augmentation, but not sure which implant type is right for you? Dr. Pugash created this infographic on the different types of breast implants including saline, silicone and gummy bear. Below you can read about the specific characteristics of each implant such as their typical life span, what they are filled with, and incision type. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. Pugash.


  • Filled with salt water solution
  • Implant is filled after insertion, allowing shorter incision
  • Less expensive in some practices
  • Typical lifespan of 10-15 years
  • Breast deflates when implant fails
  • Approved for ages 18 and older


  • Filled with cohesive silicone gel
  • Requires slightly longer incision as implant is already filled
  • More expensive, generally more natural feeling than saline
  • Typical lifespan of 15-20 years
  • Rupture detected by MRI or other imaging
  • Approved for ages 22 and older

Gummy Bear

  • Filled with solid, or highly cohesive silicone gel
  • Requires longer incision as implant is not compressible
  • More expensive, more natural feel than saline
  • Can be anatomically shaped
  • Typical lifespan of 15-20 years
  • Approved for ages 22 and older