Breast Implants: Saline versus Silicone
Breast implants is one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery. The main aim of this surgical procedure is to enhance the look of the breasts, to improve the shape, size and curvature of the breasts and to have natural and good looking breasts. There are two primary types of breast implants: saline-filled breast implants and silicone-gel-filled breast implants. Saline filled breast implants are made up of a silicone rubber shell. This shell is filled with sterile saline liquid and inflated to the desired size. Silicone gel breast implants are made up of a silicone shell. This shell is filled with a viscous silicone gel. The silicone shell may vary in shape, profile, volume and shell thickness. Women are given a choice between inserting saline implants and silicone implants.
According to some surgeons, breasts with silicone implants have a more natural looking appearance and feel as compared to the saline implants. This is attributed to the fact that silicone gel which is used in the silicone breast implants has a texture that is very much similar to breast tissue.
Saline implants have some advantages over silicone implants. When silicone implants rupture, the breast often looks and feels the same because the silicone gel may leak into surrounding areas of the breast without a visible difference. Hence it is harder to detect the rupture of silicone gel breast implants. This also makes the replacement of a silicone gel breast implant harder than repairing a deflated saline breast implant. When saline implants rupture, the shell deflates and the results are seen almost immediately.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the silicone gel breast implants. Many people believe that silicone gel filled breast implants may lead to the development of breast cancer, auto immune disease, connective tissue disorders and neurological disorders especially in case of a rupture of the implant and leakage of the silicone gel into the surrounding breast tissue. This is simply not true. There is no scientific evidence to show that women with breast implants have a higher chance of developing breast cancer or autoimmune diseases. Silicone gel-filled breast implants are lab tested for safety and hygiene. They have been manufactured after years of clinical research and extensive lab testing. Silicone gel is extremely safe material and leakage does not lead to any connective tissue disease, breast cancer or auto immune disease.
Saline breast implants are inserted into the breast empty and then they are inflated to the desired size by filling them with saline. Hence the insertion of a saline breast implant can be done with only a minimal incision. This also means that the size of these implants can be altered after the initial operation using a non-surgical procedure to adjust the amount of liquid. Because silicone implants are implanted in their full gel form, a larger surgical incision is needed. To adjust the size of the silicone gel breast implants additional surgeries will be needed to "swap-out" the original implant.
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