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Breast Augmentation Boston- Why Silicone Implants are more Popular than Saline Implants

Posted Feb 29 2012 7:28am



Breast Augmentation is the most popular form of plastic surgery in the United States. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of women who are getting breast enlargements has increased significantly since last year. In 2011 more than 300,000 women nationwide underwent a breast enlargement procedure- 10,000 more women than in 2010. Studies show that over 60% of these patients prefer silicone implants over silicone implants. Although both of these breast implants are offered because they create individualized, natural-looking results, there are several differences that need to be acknowledged by patients.

If you are considering breast augmentation, you will need to learn about the different breast implants that are offered by your  plastic surgeon Boston The two most common breast implants used are saline-filled and silicone gel-filled implants. Both saline and silicone breast implants have an outer silicone shell but they are different in material and consistency. Saline implants are filled with saline at the time of your breast augmentation. They are often criticized for feeling hard or unnatural. Innovative surgical techniques such as placing the implant behind the chest muscle and slightly overfilling it have improved the results achieved with saline implants. Saline implants are available for women 18 years of age and older for breast augmentation.

Silicone implants are the breast implants of choice for many patients and plastic surgeons. Although they are prefilled with silicone gel, they still are preferred for creating a more natural look. Silicone gel is a thick, sticky fluid that closely resembles that of human fat. Most women feel that silicone breast implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue. Silicone implants are available for women 22 years of age and older for  breast augmentation Boston.

One common question that patients ask is: What happens if my breast implant ruptures? If a saline implant ruptures, the implant will deflate causing the breast to change in size and shape. The leaking fluid is absorbed by the body without causing any health risks. Surgery may be needed to remove the silicone shell and a new breast implant can be inserted at this time. If a silicone implants ruptures it may or may not be noticeable. There is no evidence that this type of rupture causes serious long-term health problems or changes in the contour or shape of the breast. If you experience a rupture, you may need surgery to remove the implants and insert a new one.

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