Breast augmentation has become a popular plastic surgery procedure. Most women all over the world want a bust size bigger than their normal size.
Breast augmentation operations commonly use breast implants. There are three kinds of breast implants cosmetic surgeons use: silicone, saline, and gummy bear. In this article, we’ll talk about the silicone breast implants.
After extensive testing, it was proven in 2006 by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that silicone gels are safe to use. Compared to saline breast implants, silicone implants offer a more natural feeling and look. It also a similar breast tissue consistency compared to the saline solution.
Using silicone in breast augmentation procedure used to be the only breast implant way back until it was pulled in the year 1992. This ban is due to health concerns like leakage and implant rupture. It came back to plastic surgeries mainstream when the FDA withdrew their prohibition.
Silicone gel breast implants are a shell of silicone covering a silicone-based gel. They come in different sizes depending on the preferred size of the patient. They also have either smooth or a textured shell.
Breast augmentation differs in costs due to several factors whether you choose silicone, saline, or gummy bear breast implants. Your location, the plastic surgeon, and the type of implants usually affect the cost.
When using a silicone breast implant, you may not notice any sign of rupture right away. Why? The silicone gel will stay in the implant shell or possibly escape in the breast implant pocket.
Don’t overthink that a leaked silicone-gel rupture will cause long-term health problems such as breast cancer or connective tissue disease. It does not. The effect of a ruptured silicone breast implant may only include breast pain or changes in the shape of the breast.
If a rupture happens, your plastic surgeon may suggest removing the implant through surgery. If you want, your doctor may insert a new implant upon removing the ruptured one.
The choice in choosing the type of breast implant depends on your preference. However, your doctor may suggest the breast implant that best suits you according to your breast anatomy, body type, and other things to consider. Choose the best breast implant that’s sure to boost your confidence level.
Remember that choosing silicone as a breast implant, you may need to have regular visits with your doctor to guarantee that the implants are working correctly and isn’t ruptured.
By: Dr. Eugene Kim