Breast Implants

Breast implants are medical devices that are surgically implanted under the breast tissue or chest muscle to increase the size and enhance the shape of the breasts. There are two main types of breast implants: saline and silicone.
Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water and have a firmer feel than silicone implants. In the event of a rupture, the saline solution is absorbed by the body and the implant deflates.

Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel that feels more like natural breast tissue. If a silicone implant ruptures, the gel may stay within the implant shell, or it may leak into the breast implant pocket. This type of rupture is sometimes called a "silent rupture" because there may be no visible signs or symptoms.

Breast implants are often used for cosmetic reasons, but they can also be used for reconstructive purposes after a mastectomy or other breast surgery. However, there are risks and potential complications associated with breast implants, such as infection, bleeding, scarring, and changes in breast sensation. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits with a qualified plastic surgeon before undergoing breast implant surgery.