After you make the decision to undergo breast augmentation, there are still many difficult decisions you have to make as a patient. Find out more about breast implant safety and how to choose between saline and silicone implants in this article.
What are saline breast implants
Saline implants are breast implants filled with salinated water. The implant shells are placed in the chest during surgery and then filled with saline to achieve the correct level of fullness. Saline implants have been approved for use by the FDA for decades. If saline implants begin to leak the saline water is simply absorbed and expelled by the body.
What are silicone breast implants?
Silicone implants are filled with a gel that mimics the look and feel of breast tissue. Silicone implants are pre-filled when they are placed in the chest. Most women report that silicone implants have a more natural appearance than saline implants.
If silicone implants rupture and leak, it is possible for the silicone to migrate to different parts of the body. Most physicians recommend periodic MRIs for women with silicone breast implants to detect ruptures.
Should I choose silicone or saline implants?
This is something you should decide in consultation with your physician. Saline and silicone implants each have their risks and benefits. After silicone implants were withdrawn from the market, saline implants were the first choice for a generation of women. Now, most women choose silicone implants because they provide a more natural look and feel. Both types of implants are considered safe and are approved by the FDA.
Is breastfeeding possible with implants?
Most women are capable of breastfeeding with breast implants. The ability to breastfeed following breast augmentation surgery depends on the method of implant placement used by your surgeon.