Monday, 2 December 2013

Understanding Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is mostly done using FDA–approved breast implants. Read this article to learn more about these implant options.

Is augmentation using breast implants a safe option? The question is bound to rise in the minds of women planning to undergo breast augmentation using implants. They may have heard about saline and silicone implants. It is very important to understand the difference between the two and choose the right one that would ideally suit their purpose.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel and have a silicone outer shell. They come in different sizes. These implants have a smooth feel, something that is more natural than that offered by saline implants.  They are approved by the FDA for use in women age 22 or older. Silicone implants are often used in revision surgeries to improve or correct the result of a previous surgery.

There are several pros and cons attached to these types of filler implants. While they can provide a more natural shape and movement to the breasts, complications such as rupturing of implant shell and solution leaking into the body could arise. To be on the safer side, MRI scanning once in two years may be necessary to ensure that there is no leakage. As silicone implants are pre-filled and sent to your surgeon’s office, they need larger incisions for accurate placement. Silicone implants are costlier than saline implants.

Saline Implants

Saline implants have a silicone outer shell and are filled with sterile salt water (saline) solution. Some come pre-filled with the solution, but mostly these are filled during the implant insertion. These implants come in different sizes and have either smooth or textured shells. The FDA has approved its use for breast augmentation in women age 18 or older, and for breast reconstruction in women of any age. Saline implants find use also in revision surgeries.

In case the implants rupture, the damage is easily noticed since the shell deflates. There are no serious complications involved as the body easily absorbs the solution. However, one has to go for a revision surgery if implants rupture.

Saline-filled implants do not give a natural feel like the silicone implants. The rippling effect and wrinkling is more in saline implants as compared to silicone ones. Saline implants are less costly than their silicone counterparts, and this affordability factor is one of its plus points.

Silicone and saline breast implants are safe choices and add the necessary volume to the breasts according to your requirements. Your plastic surgeon will help you choose the implant option most suitable in your case.

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