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Different Types of Breast Implants

Added: Friday, October 8th 2010 at 4:51pm by cosmeticsurgeries
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There are currently three types of breast implants approved for use in the United States: silicone gel implants, saline implants, and cohesive gel implants. While cohesive gel implants are being used in breast augmentation surgeries, they are currently undergoing clinical trials by the FDA and are only allowed to be used by surgeons who are participating in the clinical trial.

Each type of implant presents its own unique set of pros and cons. This post will discuss the primary concerns regarding silicone gel and saline implants.

Traditional Silicone Gel implants have been under scrutiny for as long as they've been available. They've been blamed for a number of adverse health conditions and have undergone more clinical research than any other medical device in history.

Silicone Gel Implants (Pros) - For a long time, these implants were regarded as the only implant with a lifelike "feel" to them. Most people agree that they move much more like a real breast than a saline implant. Touch, look, and feel are the primary benefits to this implant device.

Silicone Gel Implants (Cons) - Due to the exhaustive research performed by the FDA, these implants are moderately more expensive than saline implants. Silicone implants are very difficult to detect when they leak - the FDA recommends an MRI be performed every two years in order to detect silent ruptures. Another drawback to silicone gel leakage is that a silicone implant can leak for several years before it is visibly detected. If you're considering silicone gel implants, you should read the research study released by the FDA. It's free and available at the governments website. Although the implants have improved significantly in design since that research study was performed, some of the information the FDA found was quite shocking. You should read it.

Saline Breast Implants (Pros) - These implants are moderately cheaper than silicone gel implants. They are also very easy to detect in the event of a rupture - they typically deflate within 48 hours. Furthermore, if a saline implant ruptures, the saline solution is relatively harmless to the human body.

Saline Breast Implants (Cons) - These implants used to be considered inferior when it came to look, feel, and movement. Most people, men and women, preferred silicone gel implants to saline implants. However, saline implants have improved dramatically over the years, and they now mimic the look and feel of a real breast just as well as a silicone gel implant (at least in my opinion!).

Believe it or not, age doesn't play a significant role in whether or not a person is capable of undergoing breast augmentation surgery. Your overall health is far more important than your chronological age! To learn more about the pros and cons of breast augmentation at extreme ages, read this article

Perhaps the greatest fear in regards to breast augmentation is implant rupture. Saline implants are unanimously considered the safest implant currently approved for unrestricted use. If safety is a concern, then saline implants are probably your ideal choice.

For the most current information regarding plastic surgery and breast implant devices, you should schedule a consultation with a licensed, board certified breast augmentation surgeon in your area.

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