CosBeauty Magazine #85

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essentials

3. Implant material

This next crucial factor looks at the

type of fill (saline or silicone) as

well as the shell of the implant wall

(smooth or textured).

Silicone vs saline

Saline and silicone breast implants

both have an outer silicone shell;

however they differ in material,

consistency and techniques used for

placement. Both types of implants

have their own advantages and risks.

Silicone gel-filled implants are

used more commonly in Australia.

Silicone implants contain a cohesive

gel, designed to mimic real breast

tissue. It has a slightly firm, nonrunny

consistency, which can give

a more natural feel. As the gel is

not liquid, the risk of dispersal if the

implant ruptures is minimised. It also

typically maintains its shape better

than a saline implant, especially in

the upper part of the implant.

Saline-filled implants use a

medical-grade saltwater solution,

which makes the implant feel like a

water-bed. This can be controlled to

an extent by the volume of fill in the

implant. If implant rupture occurs,

the saline is absorbed by the body.

However, saline implants feel firmer

than silicone implants and have a

higher risk of visible folds and ripples.

Unlike silicone gel implants,

saline implants can be filled

through a valve during surgery.

Because of this, the insertion of the

implants generally requires a smaller

incision than that associated with

silicone gel implants. The amount

of fill can also be adjusted after

surgery, which is not possible with

fixed silicone gel implants.

Smooth vs textured

Implant shells can be smooth or

textured. Smooth-shelled implants

are easy to insert and may make the

breast move and feel more natural

than a textured shell in certain

patients. However, they have

increased risk of capsular contracture

(hardening of the breast), which is a

common reason for re-operation.

Textured implants have a thicker

shell and the very nature of their

surface means they can grab onto

and adhere to the surrounding

tissue, causing less friction between

the implant and breast pocket and

therefore helping to reduce the risk

of capsular contracture. Many

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