Breast augmentation surgery has become one of the most popular types of plastic surgery today.
Many women are opting for breast enlargement with the use of breast implants. This can help them increase the size of their breasts and give them the figure they desire.
There are basically two types of breast implants: silicone implants and saline implants. Silicone implants were the first to be introduced in the market. But, in the 1990s, there was speculation about the health risks of such implants, due to which they were pulled from the market. When this happened, saline implants became more popular. However, in 2006, silicone implants were again being used because no proof of their risks had been found. Nowadays, both silicone and saline implants are being used by plastic surgeons. The type of implants you choose depends on your choice and on what is suitable for the result you are trying to achieve.
Silicone implants have a silicone rubber shell, which is filled with silicone gel. Silicone gel is a thick fluid substance, which seems a lot like human fat. This makes silicone gel implants have a more natural feel, which is why many women prefer having such implants. Its gel conforms to the shape of the breast, so it is hard to tell if you have had surgery and the end result does not look fictitious.
On the other hand, saline implants are filled with saline at the time of surgery which means that they are deflated before use. They feel harder than silicone implants, so they do not have a natural feel and look like the silicone ones. The main benefit of that implants is that they are places inside the body in a deflated state and are filled later on through a small incision. Therefore, saline implants require a smaller incision which leaves less chance of scarring.
The implants you choose depend on many factors. Saline implants are used for women from 18 years of age, while that kind of implants are used for women of 22 years and above. Silicone implants are suitable for women who are thinner and have a smaller body frame, because they look more natural than saline implants in this case. Both implants have different risk factors as well. If a saline implant ruptures, it is only salt water that leaks into your body and that does not do much damage. But, if it ruptures and silicone leaks into your body, it can cause dangerous infection. Also, silicone implants can sometimes harden over time and need to be replaced. Moreover, silicone implants are more expensive than the saline implants.
It is always important to get a consultation with a good doctor and discuss both types of implants in detail. In this way, you can understand the risks and benefits of both and decide which one you think is better. Also, the doctor can evaluate your condition and requirements and suggest the best option for you.