Is It Time For Breast Implant Exchange? Benefits Of Silicone vs Saline


Is It Time For Breast Implant Exchange? Benefits Of Silicone vs Saline

From Saline To Silicone

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure many women undergo to enhance appearance and boost confidence. The procedure typically involves the insertion of breast implants. Breast implants are materials used to improve the size, shape, and appearance of a woman’s breasts and can be made of either silicone or saline. The choice between silicone and saline implants depends on several factors, including personal preference and individual circumstances. At some point, a woman may need a breast implant exchange, and swapping from saline to silicone may offer additional benefits.

Understanding implants

Breast implants are medical devices made of a silicone shell filled with either saline or silicone gel. Some are also called gummy bear implants, a more dense form of silicone. The implants are inserted into the breast tissue to increase the volume and improve the shape of the breasts. However, implants generally last for only 10-15 years. After which, breast implant exchange may be necessary.

When is breast implant exchange needed?

A woman may need to replace breast implants for various reasons, including the desire to change shape or size, dissatisfaction with the results, implant rupture or leakage, and capsular contracture. Implant rupture or leakage happens when the implant’s outer shell develops a hole or tear, causing the filling to leak. On the other hand, capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue around the implant becomes tight and causes discomfort or changes in breast shape. Patients must discuss breast implant exchange with a healthcare provider when these conditions arise. For this new procedure, an important consideration is the choice between silicone and saline implants.

Advantages of silicone implants

Currently the most popular choice, silicone implants are preferred by many patients and surgeons due to the natural look and feel. Additionally, these implants are more like natural breast tissue in mechanical behavior after surgery. Silicone implants also have a lower risk of rippling or wrinkling than saline implants. This type of implant is also less likely to deflate or rupture, providing a longer-lasting result. Furthermore, silicone implants have been extensively studied and are not associated with systemic diseases.

Benefits of saline implants

On the other hand, saline implants also have some advantages. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution, making the device safer in case of rupture or leakage, as the body can easily absorb and expel the saline. Saline implants also allow for more precise adjustments in size, as the implant can be filled with saline during the procedure. This is especially beneficial for patients who have asymmetrical breasts or want to achieve a specific size. Additionally, saline implants are typically less expensive than silicone implants, making the option a more cost-effective decision for some patients.

Making the right exchange

Breast implant exchange is a serious decision that should be discussed with a surgeon. The choice between silicone and saline implants ultimately depends on the patient’s preferences and needs. Patients should consider factors such as the desired look and feel and the potential risks and benefits associated with each type of implant. When an exchange is necessary, patients have options to choose from.

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