Are saline implants considered the safest implant available?

There are a few reasons for the general belief that saline implants are the safest implant currently availble to American women. For starters, their filler is a saline solution - basically a saltwater mixture not unlike fluids already found in the human body. If a saline implant were to rupture and leak, the saline solution poses very little risk to the body.


In the event of a rupture and subsequent implant leakage, the saline implant deflates quite rapidly, allowing for detection usually within a 48 hour period. At that time, the woman can contact her plastic surgeon to discuss corrective issues. Comparatively speaking, a ruptured silicone gel implant can leak very slowly, delaying rupture detection for quite some time (possibly up to a year or longer).


Are saline implants considered the safest implant available?

Both saline and silicone gel implants are prone to rupture, and it can occur under a variety of circumstances.


Rupturing can occur due to an aging implant. Ten years is the recommended interval for replacing a breast implant - this applies to both silicone and saline implants.


Rupture can also occur due to trauma to the implant itself, in which case it is recommended that both implants be replaced.


A ruptured silicone implant can be quite difficult to detect, even for a surgeon. An MRI is usually the best option for discovering a ruptured/leaking silicone implant. Saline implants, on the other hand, deflate quite rapidly when they are ruptured, allowing for detection usually within a 48 hour period after the rupture occurs.


If a rupture occurs, is the saline solution harmful to my body?

The saline filler found in a saline breast implant is virtually harmless to the human body, which is why the saline implant was invented in the first place.


The saline implant first saw use in France in 1964. The original saline implant design was an empty implant - it was first placed into the breast pocket and later filled with saline solution. The deflated implant allowed for a much smaller incsion, and subsequently smaller and less visible scarring.


I've heard that they don't "move" or "feel" like a real breast, is this true?

The earliest models of saline breast implants did not mimic the look and feel of real breast tissue nearly as well modern day saline implants.


Before making your final decision between saline or silicone gel implants, you should ask the surgeon to show you examples of each implant so you can squeeze them for yourself. That would be the easiest way for you to feel the difference between the two types of implants.



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