Types of Breast Implants


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Breast implants are available in different shapes and sizes. They can be made of natural body tissue or synthetic materials, such as silicone. Natural tissue or fats can be removed from other parts of the body to be used for implants. This method is predominantly used on women having breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy, and is very rarely used for cosmetic reasons (however, some surgeons are looking to change this).

In the UK, the two main chemicals, which act as fillers for synthetic implants, are silicone and saline. There have been many heated debates over the years about which type of implant offers more in terms of benefits and safety.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone implants are probably the most well known available. The natural compound found in sand and rock becomes silicone when it is mixed with oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. When the chemical gel is inserted inside the implant shell, it forms a shape that feels more natural and is less likely to wrinkle the breast’s skin after it is inserted. 

Saline Breast Implants

The second most common type of implant in the UK is saline breast implants. They contain a salt-water solution, which can be filled through a valve after the implant shell is inserted during surgery. The major benefit of saline implants is that they consist of substances which are harmless and can be absorbed safely into the body in the event of the implant rupturing. However, many woman believe they don’t match up to the silicone alternative when it comes to replicating a natural look over time, as the implant can deflate more easily and become smaller in size.

The type of implant that bests suits you will be down to your own preferences and your surgeon’s recommendations.


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