Types of Implants

What types of breast implants are available?

Breast implants are defined by the material used to fill them: saline or silicone gel. The “shell” or casing of all implants is made of silicone.

Saline and silicone gel implants both have FDA approval and are considered safe. The FDA had banned the use of silicone gel implants in 1992, sovaldi sale but lifted its ban in November 2006.

Silicone gel

siliconeSlicicone gel or simply silicone implants, remedy as a result, are gaining in popularity. Their benefit is primarily aesthetic: silicon gel implants feel soft and natural. Slender women can choose these implants for subglandular placement without sacrificing these aesthetics. Silicone gel weighs less than a comparable volume of saline, so the risk of the implant shifting downward with pull of gravity is reduced. Silicone implants are more expensive than saline implants and, because they are pre-filled by the manufacturer, require a larger incision than inflatable saline implants. There are also silicone gel implants that have a primary shell pre-filled by the manufacturer and a secondary shell that can be filled at the time of surgery.


salineSaline implants are filled with sterile salt water, which is easily and harmlessly absorbed by the body, should the implant ever rupture. Saline implants are usually placed beneath the muscle (subpectoral placement) and usually require a shorter incision than silicone implants because they are filled after placement during your surgery. This results in a smaller scar, too. Saline implants all tend to look round and feel more stiff than natural breasts, especially in slender women with smaller natural breasts, and since saline is heavier than silicone gel, there is a higher risk of downward displacement, especially with larger implants.

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