Unsure about the differences between saline and silicone implants? Want to know about the types, textures and shapes of implants? Want to know about the benefits and risks of both the implants? This article is for surely going to help you know about saline and silicone implants.
Whenever, the procedure of breast augmentation is discussed, types of breast implants are always an important part of the discussion. Breast augmentation surgery is the surgical procedure that enhances the shape and size of breasts by placing implants in the breasts. Breast implants are available in variety of types differing in shapes, sizes and textures. Saline and silicone gel breast implants are the most commonly used types of breast implants. If you are also considering breast implants, below given detailed information about both the types will help you choose the best suitable option.
Saline implants are made have silicone shell covering and are filled with sterile salt water. In case of breast augmentation, they are suitable for women having age of 18 years or more while for breast reconstruction, saline implants are suitable for women of any age. They are placed empty and are filled afterwards.
Silicone gel implants:
Silicone gel implants also have covering of silicone shell but are filled with silicone gel. Silicone gel is a thick sticky fluid that looks like human fat. They are suitable to women who are 22 years old or more for breast augmentation and at any age for breast reconstruction. Silicone implants are placed pre-filled. Silicone gel implants look and feel more natural as compared to saline implants.
Important factors associated with breast implants:
If you are planning of having breast implant surgery, it is important to understand important factors associated with them. Below given are the things you should know about.
- Breast implants effectively improve the size of your breasts but they can’t improve the sagging breasts.
- They are not guaranteed for lifetime because there is possibility of rupture or leakage and certain other factors like weight gain or weight loss may also become the reason of their replacement or removal.
- Though not in all the cases, breast implants may affect your breastfeeding ability.
- If you decide to go for removal of breast implants, you will require having a corrective surgery to improve the appearance of your breasts.
Risks associated with saline and silicone gel implants:
Breast implants, when inserted by a well-trained and highly experienced plastic surgeon – do not cause any severe complications. However, still they pose certain risks. Common risks associated with both the implants are given below.
- Formation of scar tissue that deforms the shape of implant
- Pain in breasts
- Loss of sensation in nipples and breasts
- Rupture or leakage of implants
If implant ruptures, the consequences may differ depending on the type. If saline breast implant ruptures, it will deflate causing change in the shape and size of breast. Body absorbs the saline solution and it does not cause any damage. New implant can be inserted at the same time. If silicone gel implant ruptures, you may not notice because silicone traps in the tissues around implant. This does not cause any severe damage but may cause pain or changes in the shape of breasts. In case of silicone gel implant rupture, surgeons recommend surgical removal.