Everyone has heard of breast augmentation surgery, and most people assume the procedure is relatively simple: insert the implants and itâ€™s over. What they fail to realize is that there are countless different ways the breast augmentation procedure can be individualized to each patient. Different surgical techniques and different types and sizes of breast implants are used to ensure that every patient achieves their desired results. Of course, plastic surgeons control much of the process during breast augmentation, but that doesnâ€™t mean patients are left out of the decision-making process when it comes to breast implants. One of the most important choices breast augmentation patients need to make is what type of implant will be used for their procedure.
There are two types of implants available for breast augmentation patients, saline implants and silicone implants. Letâ€™s look at the differences between these two types of implants.
Virtually everyone has heard of silicone breast implants. Silicone implants earned a bad reputation after hundreds of women experienced painful side effects associated with leaking implants. This led to the FDA actually withdrawing silicone implants from the market for nearly 14 years. During this period silicone implants were revamped and they are now housed in a nearly impenetrable shell. These implants are now FDA approved again for use during breast augmentation procedures. Now, silicone implants are the implants of choice for most women because they look and feel natural.
Saline implants have been around for decades and are considered the safest type of implant. Why? Because if saline implants rupture, the saline material is simply absorbed by the body. It poses no health risks associated with rupture. Of course, the sacrifice of that added safety is that saline implants look less natural than silicone. Patients have to make the choice between the two implants knowing the risks and advantages of each.