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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.

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What are Silicone Gel Breast Implants?

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.

Who Can Use Silicone Breast Implants?

Silicone breast implants are for those:

  • Women aging 22 years old and above for breast augmentation purposes
  • Women at any age for breast reconstruction purposes
  • Women who experienced traumatic chest injury
  • Unable to support a saline implant

How much does a Silicone Breast Implant Costs?

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.

Pros of Using Silicone Breast Implants

  • Natural appearance and feel due to natural breast tissue consistency
  • Maintains a firm shape
  • Resistant to collapsing or rippling effects since the gel helps push out against the pressure inwards

Cons of Using Silicone Breast Implants

  • Rupture may be undetected or silent ruptures
  • High rate of capsular contracture (a scar tissue surrounding the implants harden and uncomfortably squeezes them)
  • Require larger incisions for insertion since they’re pre-filled
  • Silicone-related health risks
  • Routine MRI scans and complicated mammograms

What Happens if a Silicone Breast Implant Ruptures?

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.

This incident is called a ‘silent rupture.’

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

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