idPatients Now Choose Between Saline and Silicone Breast Enhancement
on: January 29, 2010, 11:48 am
Cosmetic Surgery Guru
Manchester, UK -- Patients wanting to improve their bust line
will eventually need to choose between saline and silicone breast
enhancements. In the 90s, there were some concerns raised that
silicone implants were tied to health issues, but years of extensive
research and testing could find nothing. This means that, while doctors
may recommend one or the other for specific reasons, patients will
still need to weigh the pros and cons of choice and make the final
Silicone breast implants are made of a silicone rubber shell filled by the
manufacturer to a specific size with non-toxic silicone gel. They come with various
shell types, volumes, colours, shapes, and thicknesses to help physicians make them
appear as natural as possible. However, it's important to note that this variety is
not adjustable and requires a larger incision below the breast because they are
With the same outer shell as silicone implants, saline devices are filled with a
saline solution, which is better known as a saltwater solution. They can come
prefilled by the manufacturer to a specific size, or they can come deflated.
The deflated versions are favoured because they can be placed through the belly
button, under the arm, around the areola, or under the arm through a small incision.
This provides plastic surgeons with a number of options to hide the incision. Then,
physicians can fill them to the correct size and firmness. Adjustments can then be
made at any time through a minor surgery.
Patients do state the saline implants feel harder than normal and have a texture
that resembles a water balloon. To help offset this effect, however, new surgical
techniques have made it possible for plastic surgeons to set the implant behind the
chest muscle in addition to overfilling it slightly.
Plastic surgery experts warn
patients that there are risks involved with this procedure, regardless of the
implant chosen. Permanent damage, infection, excess scar tissue, breast pain, and
the need for additional surgeries are just a few of these risks. Both materials are
also at risk for leakage. A leak in saline implants, however, is almost instantly
noticeable while silicone implants are difficult to see because the gel leaks and
collects in the surrounding tissue. Silicone and saline implants can also interfere
with the detection of breast cancer and dense tissue.
Breast enhancement is still one of the most popular procedures performed for both
beautification and reconstruction purposes. Unfortunately, there is no 'right'
choice for everyone. Each patient will need to weigh the pros and cons of each style
carefully before choosing the one they feel most comfortable with.
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