Like any surgery, breast augmentation has its benefits and risks. One of these risks is implant failure, such as a ruptured implant. Implant failure can occur after a bad boob job or due to something unexpected that happens after an otherwise great surgery.
Saline Implants vs. Silicone Implants
As of 2006, the FDA has approved both saline and silicone implants for breast augmentation in women. Saline implants are approved for women over the age of 18 for cosmetic reasons and silicone implants are approved for women over the age of 22. Both types can be used in women of any age for breast reconstruction.
There are several notable differences between saline and silicone implants. Silicone is often the material of choice, as the implants feel softer and more natural. One type of silicone implant, the gummy bear implant, has a thicker gel material inside them, meaning it will hold its shape even if the shell of the implant breaks.
Saline implants can be filled after insertion by the plastic surgeon, meaning it’s possible for the surgeon to make a smaller incision during the surgery. The implants are then filled with a sterile saltwater solution. If a saline implant breaks, the body harmlessly absorbs the salt water. During your consultation, Dr. Vitenas will help you make the right choice.