Breast Enlargement – Which Implants?
Today, cosmetic surgery is increasingly popular and one of the most requested cosmetic procedures is breast enlargement, also known as breast augmentation, or even ‘boob job’. There are two basic types of implants used in breast enlargement cosmetic surgery – the saline implant and the silicone implant. Both types are widely available, and have their respective pros and cons. Here are some basic things to consider when thinking about what type of implants to get:
A saline implant is a silicone bag filled with a saltwater (saline) solution. It is typically placed behind the chest wall so it cannot be felt once it is in place. This is good for the patient as it ‘feels’ better, but the surgery needed is more invasive making the recovery period longer. Saline is not harmful, so if an implant should leak, the saline will seep out and be absorbed into the body. However, the breast implants will deflate within minutes.
A silicone implant is a silicone bag filled with a silicone gel. Unlike saline breast implants, silicone implants do not need to be placed behind the chest wall and can instead be inserted just behind the breast tissue. The likelihood of a silicone implant leaking is very low, but if it does happen, the silicone will usually stay inside the silicone bag or at least inside the implant cavity, and will not deflate like a saline implant.
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