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Types of Breast Implant

Different types of breast implants can vary by shape, volume, filler, shell surface and thickness. All the different types of breast implants are composed of a shell, filler, and a patch to cover the manufacturing hole. The shell of different types of breast implants can vary in surface (smooth or textured) and thickness. The filler in some different types of breast implants can be altered up to six months after surgical implantation in order to change the size of the implants as desired. The size or volume of different types of breast implants also varies considerably to allow a patient a variety of aesthetic options.

Each of the different types of breast implants is associated with a unique set of risks and benefits. If you are considering the different types of breast implants, you may wish to discuss your options with a reputable and experienced cosmetic surgery professional that can help determine the best breast implant for you. While the types of implants are important to consider, it is also important to discuss with your surgeon in detail, what to expect before, during, and after the procedure including potential risks and complications.

Silicone

The different types of breast implants that are filled with silicone have been controversial for decades. Silicone filler breast implants have long been associated with serious health complications like connective tissue disorders, and local implant related complications like capsular contracture, leakage, and rupture. Because the different types of breast implants filled with silicone are thicker than those made of saline, a rupture may be silent and symptoms may not be noticeable. This complicates the ill effects of a ruptured implant, potentially leading to significant health problems.

Because silicone had been proven dangerous, the FDA banned most different types of breast implants that used this material as filler in 1992. For thirteen years these breast implants have not been available in the United States (with some exceptions). In April 2005, the FDA began to consider allowing silicone implants to be available on the market once again. Manufactures of these different types of breast implants argue that new silicone implants are safer and more durable than before.

Saline

Saline filled breast implants have been the most popular implants on the market for some time. These different types of breast implants were considered safer because, in the event that they rupture, saline is considered less toxic than silicone. Saline implants are not free from complications, however. Like silicone, saline implants can shift, change shape, harden, leak, rupture, and ripple. All different types of breast implants are associated with the risk of causing pain, infection, loss of sensation in the breast area, scarring, the ability to breast feed and more.