There has been so much controversy in the last two decades pertaining to the silicone filled breast implant, that this section could turn intro an extremely long and tedious read. What is valid is the alarm it awoke in even the most skeptical person. Now that the Internet era is in full swing, more and more anti-implant sites are popping up.
Silicone sensitivity may be a problem with some patients, just as one may be sensitive to latex, nut oils or eucalyptus. However, there are far too many happy women with NO complaints whatsoever with implants in, for over two decades. According to the USFDA (Food and Drug Administration), there is no conclusive evidence regarding illnesses and silicone.
There are two types of silicone implants:
1) Silicone gel
2) Cohesive gel
A silicone implant is a silicone elastomer shell filled with silicone gel. The consistency of the cohesive gel is thicker than the silicone gel. If you cut into a standard silicone gel implant, the silicone gel escapes from the implant shell. When you cut into a cohesive gel implant, the implant fill maintains its shape. The texture could be compared to that of a gummy bear.
Silicone implants are very soft and natural to feel, and have a natural shape which makes them very appealing to women seeking augmentation. With cohesive gel implants the consistency of the fill makes the implant maintain its shape, therefore there is less chance of rippling of the implant. There are many sizes, heights and projections available in cohesive gel implants.
One disadvantage is that silicone implants come pre-filled, so you need a slightly larger incision to insert them. There are also higher chances of capsular contraction in patients with silicone implants compared to patients with saline implants.
There are certain restrictions as to what type of patient is able to get silicone implants. The cases that would apply would be: women seeking breast reconstruction or revision of an existing breast implant, women who have had breast cancer surgery, a severe injury to the breast, birth defect that affects the breast, or women that already had silicone implants prior to them being removed from the market.
Again, if none of the above were your case, it would be highly advisable to consult a Plastic Surgeon and get his/her opinion on the pros and cons of silicone implants, and whether you are the right candidate for this type of implant.
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