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Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are the implants most frequently used for breast augmentation surgery. Unlike silicone implants, saline breast implants have not been linked with illness in implant recipients, and are generally considered safe.

Placement of Saline Implants

Various saline breast implants are available, with sizes, shapes, and styles designed for a wide array of individual's needs. Saline breast implants are surgically inserted either just under the breast tissue, or beneath the muscle; saline breast implants that are identically constructed will differ in appearance depending upon placement, and individuals receiving the saline breast implants should discuss the relative advantages to the two styles of placement.

Saline Implant Incisions

The incisions through which saline breast implants are inserted can be made in a number of locations, as well. Traditionally, incisions for saline breast implants resulted in an "anchor scar"? outlining the breast crease and areola, although recently, incisions from saline breast implants are usually hidden in the armpit crease, or even inside the bellybutton.

Choosing Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants come in several shapes to create different profiles, and many patients choose saline breast implants with textured shells, which help to prevent capsular contracture by discouraging fibrous tissue growth. Regardless, saline breast implants require maintenance and monitoring to prevent problems, and patients should expect to replace their saline breast implants every ten years or so. One of the most important considerations is the effect that saline breast implants have on mammograms"�?prospective patients should be certain to discuss this issue with their doctors.