What Are Breast Implants Made Of?

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What Are Breast Implants Made Of? | Maryland, Virginia, D.C.There are many forms of breast augmentation, and many of them involve breast implants. You may be wondering what they are made of and which one is right for you. There are two choices available for breast implants: silicone and saline. Each can give you great results, but the best way to decide which will work best for you is by scheduling a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Chiaramonte will help you choose based on your body type and the breast size, shape and feel you’re looking for.

Saline Implants

Saline implants use a silicone shell, which is inserted into your breasts and then filled with sterile salt water. Saline doesn’t harm your health when introduced into your body. In the rare instance that a saline implant is ruptured, your body easily absorbs the salt water, but you would need to under go another surgery to remove the implant and possibly insert another one.

Silicone Implants

Silicone is a dense, sticky substance, which mirrors the consistency and feel of human fat. Unlike saline implants, silicone implants are filled with this thick gel prior to surgery and then placed in your breasts. These implants may appear more natural and feel like normal breast tissue. You may not notice if a silicone implant ruptures because it stays in the tissue around the implant. Studies have not found that silicone gel released in your body causes long-term health issues, but it can lead to breast pain and breast shape or size changes.

Both saline and silicone implants are safe and can effectively increase the size of your breasts. Women who have had breast cancer often have reconstructive surgery with implants after a mastectomy, but breast implants can also correct unevenness. If you’re looking for a younger, perkier look, a breast lift is also an option.

If you’re interested in breast augmentation, please contact our plastic surgeon in Maryland today at (301) 567-6767 to schedule your consultation. Our office serves clients in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia.