Breast Implants for the Fashionable Woman

There was a time that I swore I would never have cosmetic surgery. Fast forward 10 years and I’ve had Botox and a chemical peel already. I wish I would have had liposuction on my thunder thighs 20 years ago. Funny how time and gravity can change your thinking on such things. Now my feeling is to do whatever you feel comfortable with and what makes you happy. As long as you’re not having surgery to please someone else and can afford it, I say go for it!

Heels or Flats? Bikini or One-Piece? Saline or Silicone? Breast Implants for the Fashionable Woman * post provided by *

Like style, implants are a matter of personal preference. Still, there are some differences that are worth noting if you are thinking about breast augmentation surgery. Although a third type of “gummy” implant is being studied, there are two types of implants available nowadays: silicone and saline. So which one will work for you?

 Appropriately named, saline implants are filled with sterile saline and silicone implants are filled with – you guessed it – silicone, which is a thick liquid with the consistency of fat. A major difference is that silicone implants come prefilled whereas most saline implants have a valve and can be filled after surgery. In other words, having your doctor fill the saline implant after it has been placed could mean a smaller scar from surgery. By contrast, many woman and even doctors believe that silicone implants have a more natural look and feel.

If a saline implant breaks, you can usually tell immediately because the breast may have a deflated look; silicone implants, on the other hand, may rupture and leak without the woman experiencing any symptoms. Women who choose silicone implants may need to get regular MRIs for this reason. Because of the risks that are associated with both types of implants (your doctor should explain these in detail), candidates for breast enlargement for cosmetic reasons must be at least 18 for saline and at least 22 for silicone implants.

Now that you’re aware of the differences between saline and silicone implants, another factor that you’d do well to be aware of is the way that it’s installed. The way it is installed comes down to basically two factors: the area of the incision, and the incision itself. If you’re opting for saline implants, then you’re eligible to have the implant installed via a transumbilical incision, which goes through the belly button, leaving a scar that is virtually unnoticeable.

However, silicone implants’ rigidity doesn’t afford them the luxury of being squeezed through your belly button, and must be installed via inframammary (underneath the breast), transaxillary (through the armpit), or periareolar (through the areola) incisions. The most dangerous out of these three are by far the periareolar incisions, which although rarely, sometimes result in the damaging of nerves surrounding the areola, leading to the inability of the body to produce milk. Also, although the FDA re-approved silicone breast implants for use back in 2006, saline is a much safer option since the compound occurs naturally in your body in small amounts, and thus can be broken down easier.

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  1. Excellent, Cindy! Although I think I just lost my lunch at the thought of a belly button implant insertion.