The Different Types of Breast Implants
Breast surgery enables women to have their breasts enlarged, reduced or repositioned. Breast enlargement is one of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery and if you’re thinking of having a procedure done then read the quick guide below to different types of breast implants…
Saline Breast Implants
Saline implants are filled with a sterile salt-water solution. This solution is either filled through a valve after the implants have been inserted or they are available prefilled. Saline breast implants are a popular choice as the salt-water solution is natural so if the implant was to rupture, the solution can be absorbed by the body, making them a safer choice. A potential drawback of saline breast implants is that they can sometimes decrease in size over time so the breast size is reduced. Also, saline implants tend to appear and feel less natural than silicone implants.
Silicone Breast Implant
Silicone is a natural element which can vary in firmness which means these implants can be filled with firm silicone jelly or soft fluid silicone. The firmness of silicone means it keeps its shape, even if an implant tears inside the body which means the risk of the silicone entering the body is reduced. A key benefit of silicone implants is that the soft silicone feels natural and is less likely to wrinkle than saline implants.
Breast reconstruction is a different type of breast enlargement which is often used after or during a mastectomy. The aim of breast reconstruction is to restore the natural shape of the breast and this can mean using a tissue expander such as silicone to stretch the skin and muscles of the breast. Once the skin is stretched, the surgeon may insert a permanent silicone breast implant.
You should always do as much research as possible and talk with a well qualified surgeon before having any type of breast enlargement. By doing this you will be able to assess the risks to your health and also find out about the pros and cons of surgery and the different types of implants available.