Allergan Natrelle® Breast Implants: What Are Your Options?

woman (model) holding breast implants as she tries to decide which option to choose

It wasn’t long ago that the choice of breast implants at our Toledo, Ohio practice—and throughout the US—was limited to round, saline implants. That’s all changed, and women getting breast augmentation have more implant choices than ever, including both saline and silicone gel. Our highly requested Natrelle breast implants are available in a variety of “styles” that deliver gorgeous, natural-looking results.

Natrelle® Breast Implant Before & After by Dr. Colville in Toledo, OH
Natrelle® Breast Implant Before & After by Dr. Colville in Toledo, OH

Types of Allergan Breast Implants

Allergan, one of the nation’s leading breast implant manufacturers, offers different implant options that address unique breast augmentation needs and goals. Natrelle smooth, highly cohesive silicone gel implants, also called “gummy bear” implants, offer the most natural look and feel. The company no longer offers textured gummy bear implants, voluntarily recalling their Natrelle INSPIRA anatomically shaped cohesive gel breast implants in 2019.

Natrelle Silicone vs Saline Implants

While a Natrelle silicone gel implant is usually the preferred option, a Natrelle saline-filled breast implant is also available. Silicone implants typically have a more natural look and feel. However, some women prefer their implants to be filled with a saltwater solution that’s similar to natural body fluids.

Choosing implants is a highly personal choice, and I will guide you through the options during your personalized breast implant consultation. Our state-of-the-art VECTRA® 3-D imaging technology also helps you envision the potential results of your breast augmentation.

Watch the following video for an overview of breast implant shape, texture, and filling consistency.

Which Natrelle Implant Is Right For You?

Natrelle implants are available in various projections and sizes, including low-profile implants (ranging in volume from 110 cc to 610 cc) to extra full-profile implants (ranging in volume from 200 cc to 800 cc). Low-profile implants have a wider base and project less from the chest than extra full-profile implants.

Based on your unique needs, you may wish to add fullness to naturally small breasts or add volume to breasts that have deflated due to breastfeeding, aging, or weight loss.

Silicone gel implant options by Natrelle include:

  • Natrelle INSPIRA Responsive: These implants are named SRL, SRLP, SRM, SRF, and SRX, which designate the projection of the implant (low, low-plus, moderate, full, extra full). Allergan rates their cohesive level at a 1. They are cohesive gel implants that look and feel full yet soft to the touch compared to other implants.
  • Natrelle INSPIRA SoftTouch: SoftTouch implants are more cohesive (level 2) than the Responsive but still have a “soft touch” feel. Like the Responsive, they are a smooth, round gel implant, yet technically more cohesive and softer than other cohesive implants. SoftTouch implants generally cost more than Responsive models.
  • Natrelle INSPIRA Cohesive: The Cohesive or “gummy” implants are the most cohesive of the three styles with a level 3 rating. These are smooth, round, and more form-stable implants, often used for breast reconstruction and breast augmentation revisions where tissue and/or skin coverage is thin or inadequate or if there has been an issue with extremely visible rippling.

In addition to our highly popular Natrelle implants, we also offer Mentor MemoryShape® and Sientra® implants. You can learn more here about the types of breast implants and which ones may be right for you.

What Is the Significance of Cohesiveness in Breast Implants?

The more cohesive the implant, the more its fullness will “hold” in the upper portion of the breast. In other words, there is less gel migration to the bottom portion of the implant with SoftTouch versus Responsive implants. This means there is less risk of visible rippling in thinner patients. However, visible rippling or wrinkling is not an issue for the majority of patients having cosmetic breast augmentation.

How Long Do Natrelle Breast Implants Last?

Like all breast implants, Natrelle implants aren’t meant to last forever. However, you can expect them to last at least 10 to 20 years. Allergan offers a Natrelle breast implant warranty called the Natrelle® ConfidencePlus® warranty that covers your breast implant investment in the unlikely event of breast implant rupture or capsular contracture.

It may be time to have your breast implants replaced if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Pain or discomfort from implants
  • Visible rippling
  • Breast tightness
  • Changes in breast volume
  • Implants are shifting or rotating

Explore Your Options

If you’re considering breast augmentation in the Toledo, Sandusky, or Ann Arbor area, we’re happy to discuss Natrelle and other breast implants that might be right for you. You can request a consultation online or call our office at (419) 534-6551 to schedule an appointment.

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