If you’ve made the decision to alter your current breast size and get breast augmentation, the next step is to make the decision between saline implants and silicone implants. You may be concerned over the risk factors, the differences, and about potential ruptures. If you are, here is how to decide if saline implants are right for you.
The Saline Implant
- Saline implants are encased by a silicone outer shell. The implant itself is inserted empty and then filled with sterile salt water once placed in the chest. These implants are available for women who are older than 18 for breast augmentation.
- Risk factors for a saline implant are capsular contracture (scar tissue that is distorting the breast shape), infection, pain, implant leaks or rupture, nipple sensation changes, and breast sensation changes.
- A ruptured saline implant deflates and will change the size and shape of the breast it was in. The saline is easily absorbed in your body, causing no health risks. Surgery is required to get the implant shell and put in a new implant.
There are many other factors about both implant types to keep in mind once you decide to get breast implants. You should always remember that:
- There are no guarantees on how long the implant is going to last in your body.
- Insurance is going to be tricky. Keep in mind that insurance only pays for this procedure if there is a medical reason for it, such as breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. Make sure you talk with your doctor about the financial aspect of this procedure ahead of time.
- They may complicate any breast-feeding. Some women who get breast implants are not able to breast-feed, some have difficulty but can muddle through, and some can with no difficulty. Where you will fall in this mix is not known ahead of time.
Talk over all your options with your doctor, preferably with a computer simulated view of what the sizes will look like on your frame. Being happy with the size and shape is one of importance and keeps you from unnecessary additional surgeries just to adjust volume. Let your doctor allow you to feel the difference in the texture of the implants so that you can see how natural they feel. Walk around with them in a bra to see their variances before you decide on one. All of these ideas will help you be happy with your choice and give you the outcome of the procedure you are looking for.Tweet