What do these famous women have in common with thousands of other women worldwide? Well, for one thing, they all decided to get breast implants when they were younger. After their arrival on the cosmetic-surgery market in the s, both silicone and saline breast implants quickly became the most popular plastic surgery procedure for women.
The photographs included on this page are the results of reconstructive procedures performed by the surgeons at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery. Using an implant to rebuild the breast requires less surgery than flap reconstruction, since it only involves the chest area and not a tissue donor site. Still, it may require more than one procedure.
Saline-filled breast implants contain a silicone outer shell filled with a sterile saltwater saline solution. Some are pre-filled and others are filled during the implant operation. Saline-filled implants come in different sizes and have either smooth or textured shells. The FDA approved saline-filled breast implants for breast augmentation in women age 18 or older and for breast reconstruction in women of any age.
Breast augmentation can increase the volume of the breast in naturally small breasted women, can replace volume that was lost after breastfeeding or major weight loss, change the breast shape such as in tubular breastsand create better symmetry to the breasts if they are naturally different sizes or shapes. All breast implants have a shell made out of an inert polymer called silicone. The shell surface can be either smooth or textured.
Withbreast augmentations performed each year in the United States, it's a question physicians and surgeons get asked a lot. Today, most women choose silicone. Indeed, silicone gel breast implants have dominated the marketplace since Novemberwhen the Food and Drug Administration lifted its moratorium on their primary cosmetic use.
In the s, silicone implants were vilified and eventually pulled off the market because of fears of a link to silicone implants and autoimmune disease. But after years of studies, no link was established between silicone implants and an increased instance of any systemic disease. Insilicone breast implants were once again approved by the FDA for use in cosmetic breast augmentationand they are now available to the general public.
Wonder about the differences between saline and silicone breast implants? The risks of breast implants? What happens if an implant ruptures?
Inbreast augmentation plastic surgery was the most popular surgery in the United States. If you're a candidate for receiving breast implants, there are many decisions to be made. One of the most important decisions you will have to make is deciding between silicone and saline breast implants.
The average saline or silicone implants may last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. However, many are removed sooner due to complications or cosmetic concerns. Up to 20 percent of people have their implants removed or replaced within 8 to 10 years. Read on to find out symptoms to watch for, what you can expect from removal, and more.