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Best Type of Implant Illinois

When it comes to breast enlargement, it’s important to know your breast implant options. There is a world of difference between saline and silicone implants; though both are substances contained in a silicone shell, each has its own risks and benefits.

Saline is a solution of sterile salt water, similar to the type routinely used in IV therapy to keep people hydrated. Silicone is a cohesive liquid gel, so its consistency is thicker than saline. Because of this, people often report that silicone breast implants feel more natural than saline implants. They’re also lighter, leading to less risk of sagging as time passes.

The difference in consistency also affects the breast enlargement procedure. With saline implants, the surgeon makes a small incision, inserts an empty implant, and then fills it. Because of this, their size can be changed during surgery if required. In contrast, silicone implants are filled before surgery, so the incision must be larger. It’s important to remember that the amount of saline in an implant does affect the feel of the breast. More saline can contribute to a feeling of unnatural firmness. The liquid consistency also makes these more likely to develop ripples, though the ripples aren’t always visible. Ripples are easiest to see in thinner patients.

One of the most important issues to consider when choosing a type of breast implant is that of rupture. Due to the health risks associated with silicone, patients must be at least 22 years old to request that type of implant for cosmetic purposes. Silicone gel that has escaped the implant and entered the body can cause a tingling sensation, pain, numbness, or various types of illness, including fibromyalgia. Leaking silicone implants should be removed as soon as possible, in order to prevent the gel migrating to other areas of the body.

To get saline breast implants for cosmetic purposes, patients must be at least 18 years old, since their breast tissue may not have fully developed before this age. Leaking saline implants typically won’t cause any health issues; the saline will simply be absorbed. Saline implants also have less chance of rupturing than silicone implants. Because saline is a liquid, it’s much easier to tell that a breast implant has been punctured; it will deflate, usually within a four-hour period. Changes in size and shape are indicators of a ruptured implant.

Because silicone is a gel, a punctured implant may not deflate. It may not be obvious that it has even been ruptured. This is called a “silent rupture.” To make sure this type of rupture has not occurred, it’s recommended that women who have had breast enlargement surgery get regular MRIs. The first MRI should be done three years after breast augmentation, followed by an MRI every two years.

Because of these frequent MRIs, having silicone breast implants is more expensive than having saline implants. The procedure itself is also more costly; the greater risks associated with silicone require the manufacturers to do more product testing, and saline is a cheaper substance to produce. However, the end result can be worth the higher cost.

Even more expensive are “gummy bear implants,” which contain a type of silicone gel with a thicker consistency. Because of this consistency, there is a lower chance of rupture and a reduced risk of silicone migration when the implants do leak. They will also maintain their original shape longer than either of the other breast implant types. Though they have been used outside North America for many years, they are fairly new to the U.S.

If you’re in the Chicago area and are considering breast enlargement, we recommend contacting our office. A consultation with Dr. Placik will help you decide which type of implant is right for you.


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