Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries today. From the glossy covers of the magazines, the Victoria Secret runway, to the silver screen, you can see all these gorgeous celebrities with implants that provide a generous boost to their figures.
There are two known types of breast implants used in the practice nowadays. These are Silicone and Saline implants, and they come in different shapes, sizes and surface textures. They are Food and Drug Administration(FDA)-approved and has continuously shown impressive results over the years, although with some minor problems in a few cases.
For both implants, the outer shell is made out of silicone elastomer creating a flexible envelope. The shells can either come textured or smooth, with some even having a double lumen or an extra layer of shell that protects the patient from ruptures. The outer shell also gives the implant its shape, whether it is of fuller or smaller height and projection.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline implants, of course, contain sterile saline solution which has the same osmolarity as the fluids in the human body. Therefore saline-filled implants are considered to be safer compared to silicone. They can either come in a round or anatomical shape to fit the preference and the body type of the patient.
These kinds of implants are usually empty when placed inside the chest, and once it is properly positioned the surgeon fills it with the solution up to the desired amount or size that you prefer. The surgeon also ensures that he maintains sterility within the process of filling the implants.
Although it is deemed to be the safer type, saline implants still have accompanying risks and complications. Primarily there is that risk for rupture, especially when there is blunt force trauma to the area. They are also vulnerable to shifting, hardening, leaks, ripples, shape changes, and ruptures. Therefore you must be very observant and continuously perform examinations to check for any changes.
The thing about saline implants are that you can immediately observe anything unusual on the outside, especially when it ruptures, because the fluid can escape faster.
Silicone Breast Implants
Did you know that only just recently that silicone implant received its approval from the FDA? This implants received much criticism when it was first introduced because the silicone can be toxic for the body.
The controversy has been fueled by studies which claim that it can be responsible for a handful of health risks and complications. These include capsular contractures, ruptures, leakage and certain disorders of the connective tissues.
Silicone once leaked may not be noticeable right away, in fact, detection are sometimes made years after using a MRI machine. This is because of the viscous nature of the solution that causes it to exit any leak gradually and ever so subtly.
Today, silicone implants that are in gel form are also manufactured to make it safer to use. It is known as a cohesive gel form which does not leak should the outer shell be compromised.
Many women prefer silicone over saline implants because they look and feel more natural. They are also less prone to wrinkling or rippling which are the common drawbacks with saline breast implants.
Both implants have their own set of advantages and disadvantages which you should decide on depending on what you prefer or the look that you are pining for. The price also varies for both, with silicone implants costing more. Breast enlargement in Sydney or any parts of Australia have their own set of breast implant prices which are also dependent on the brand name.