Type of Implants
A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline.
The institute of medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences in the USA, recently concluded that women with silicone breasts implants are no more likely than the rest of the population to develop serious illnesses. The report said new studies have led to, among others, the following conclusions:
- There is no evidence suggesting silicone used for breast implants is toxic to humans.
- There is no established link between implants and unique disease syndrome. Problems ascribe to implants generally involve symptoms that are non-specific and common in the general population.
- Although breast cancer is not higher in women who have implants, the presence of implants makes it difficult to detect cancer through mammography, especially when the implants are placed subcutaneous or above the muscle.
- The report also notes that, in the U.S., more than ten million people have some type of implants, such as an artificial joint or pacemaker, which is made at least, in part, by silicone.
In addition to the Institute of Medicine, many other respected medical professionals and institutions have conducted scientific studies about the safety of breast implants over the past years. The full text of the publication, “Information for Women About the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants – A Report of a Study by the Institute of Medicine,” is available online at www.nap.edu or http://books.nap.edu/books/0309065933/html/1.html
A saline breast implant is a sac (implant shell) of silicone elastomer (rubber) filled with saline solution. The implant is filled with saline, also known as saltwater, through a tube during the surgery.
The feeling of a saline implant is like a plastic or rubber bag filled with water. Is less natural and may result in more palpable implants than the silicone filled implants
Breasts implants deflate when the saline solution leaks either through an unsealed or damage valve, or through a break in the implant shell. Some implants deflate (or rupture) in the first few months after being implanted and some deflate after several years. You must be aware that the implant may wear out over time and deflate/rupture.