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Breast Implants: Silicone Implants


Silicone Implants

Silicone breast implants are by far the most commonly used form of breast implants.  These medical prostheses imitate the natural shape of the breast while adding substance to the bust.  Silicone gel filled breast implants are one of the best forms of breast implants available today.  This article will explain what makes a good breast implant, how to choose the right size and profile, how silicone differs from saline, and why silicone breast implants may be the best choice for you.

What Makes a Good Implant

What makes silicone gel a good breast implant filler is generally the look and feel it provides.  The texture and feel of the implant should mimic the natural texture of the breast.  Similarly, the implants should look natural while they add weight and significance to your breast size.  A good silicone implant will last a long time and will not rupture; however, a ruptured implant can sometimes not be avoided.  Though implants have gotten better over the years, problems can arise.  For this reason, women who have received breast implants should have them regularly checked after the procedure to search for signs of rupture.  This is particularly important for women who receive silicone implants, as silicone can be harmful to your health.  Although silicone has been known to cause more health problems in the past than present, so much so that the Food and Drug Administration removed them from their approval list in the early 1990s, the FDA finally reapproved forms of silicone gel implants in 2006.  Now that silicone implants are FDA approved for women of any age, you can be assured that silicone implants are much safer than they previously have been.

Choosing the Right Size and Profile

It’s difficult for many women to figure out what size of breast implant they desire.  It will help to consider your other body proportions and adjust your breast size to match those in a shapely and attractive manner.  Some women factor in the clothing they already own so that they won’t have to buy an entire new wardrobe to fit their new breast size.  There are multiple different sizes and profiles of breast implants to choose from, each of which will flatter a different body type.  The best sizing can be selected with the help of a professional plastic surgeon. 

The profile of the breast implant denotes the projection from the chest wall.  For example, high profile implants have a narrower diameter and project more outward from the chest wall.  The higher the profile of breast implant, the more prominent projection the chest shows from the side and the narrower the base width.  Mentor breast implants, popular silicone gel implants, have four profile levels for silicone gel implants, including moderate profile (standard projection), moderate plus profile (higher projection with moderate base width), high profile (high projection), and ultra high profile (highest projection, smallest base width). 

Silicone Implants vs. Saline Implants

Silicone implants are more popular than saline implants largely because they feel more natural.  Silicone gel filled implants are thought to be softer and smoother, with more semisolid consistency.  Saline implants, on the other hand, are more liquid and can be compared to water balloons. 

They are also more likely to create an unnatural rippled look.  Women who receive minor breast augmentation surgery may be satisfied with saline implants, but most women who need more substantial breast size correction typically prefer the silicone breast implant.  Both use an elastomer silicone shell.  Scarring is generally less with saline implants because the incisions made for the procedure are smaller, but for many women, scarring is less important than the look and feel of the breast implant.

Why Choose Silicone?

Silicone implants are excellent forms of breast implants for a number of reasons.  First, they are the best at imitating the natural look, texture, and feel of the breast.  Second, a silicone breast implant does not necessarily lose its shape when it ruptures (called “silent rupture”).  The possibility of a ruptured silicone implant should be monitored by the surgeon for years after the implant surgery, and this can be easily done.  Silicone implants can be placed over the muscle, mostly covered by the muscle, or underneath the muscle.  Consider these benefits when choosing which type of breast implant you should have.


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