What You Should Know About Breast Implants

The rate of breast implantation surgeries for cosmetic purposes are greater in number than for reconstruction after mastectomy in breast cancers. Last year alone, around 300,000 procedures of breast reconstruction for cosmetic purpose were performed. One has to learn everything before undergoing the breast implant surgery.

Here is a complete guide to know about breast implants, their risks, safety, monitoring,

Types Of Breast Implants

All the breast implants have soft silicone sheeting that acts as the outer shell. The filling is made of saline or silicone gel. Silicone gel gives more natural effect.

There are 2 types of breast implants namely

  1. Saline Implants
  2. Silicone Implants

To learn more, and before deciding to go under knife, always consult with trusted doctors like dr. roxanne grawe.

Silicone Breast Implants

They are filled with a thick sticky fluid that is very similar to human fat called the silicone gel. It can be implanted on women of age 22 years and above for breast augmentation. It can be used on women of any age for breast reconstruction.

Saline Breast Implants

Live tissues are used in certain breast reconstruction procedure. After some days, they grow and reach its maximum size. At this time saline solution are injected into the implants. The implants become enlarged and stiff. This procedure is called Saline Breast Implant.

Risks Of Breast Implants

Both Saline and silicone implants have similar risks. They are as follows

  • The surgery might leave a scar. It will distort the shape of the breast
  • Very rarelypatient might face pain
  • The surgical wound might get infected if not taken care well.
  • The implant might get infected after 10 years. Though this is very rare. Many doctors recommend exchange of implants after 10 years to avoid infection. However, regular checkups and proper care prolongs the life time of the implants.