Breast implants are now available in saline and silicone gel. Saline is basically salt water that is of the same composition as the fluid in our bodies. If a saline implant ruptures, the body absorbs the fluid and excretes it. Silicone gel is not fluid like saline, but a cohesive material more closely resembles the feel of our tissues. So the major advantage women voice about the silicone gel implants is the softer, more natural feel of the implant. Health concerns regarding the gel implants have been satisfied through extensive studies and the FDA released the gel implants to the general public on November 2006. Regardless of implant choice, women considering breast implants should consider the following:
- Implants have a limited life span and will likely need replaced during a woman’s life time.
- The most common adverse effect after breast implants is capsular contracture. This is a thickening of the scar tissue around the implant that causes firmness to the breast. This may require further surgery.
- The quality of your skin, as well as the type of implant used, are factors that determine how easily the implants are felt through the skin and if there is a potential of seeing rippling of the skin.