Types Of Breast Implants In The UK
Breast implants have been giving women confidence in the UK and across the world for many years. There are many benefits and risk to them, but there are also various types. To get the breast implants that you desire, you should be well aware of the types of breast implants available. Here is the information that you need.
There are two main types of breast implants in the UK. Silicone and saline breast implants. There are also alternative composite implants to consider for some patients depending on their conditions and requirements.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone is a type of gel that serves many purposes. When employed in an implant, an outer layer of coating contains the silicone gel. The silicone inside the implant can be either soft or firm implant. The outer layer may be silicone or polyurethane.
Pros of Silicone Breast Implants
- Less likely to cause wrinkles
- Soft silicone can be a more natural appearance and feel
- There are claims made that polyurethane coated implants have less chance of some side effects
- MRI/Ultrasound can be used to determine the status of an implant
Cons of Silicone Breast Implants
- Silicone can affect the body during a rupture
- Can cause Siliconomas
- Can cause a skin reaction without rupture
- Potential for collapse when implant is leaking
Saline Breast Implants
Saline is a salt and water solution that is known to be sterile. Medical professionals often used it in medical treatments. For implants, saline can be positioned inside a silicone shell. Depending on the amount of saline in the implant, it can determine size and firmness. The amount of saline can also affect the shape.
Saline is a natural solution that works well in most people’s bodies without a problem.
Pros of Saline Breast Implants
- Saline is a natural filling for implants
- Significantly less risk from a rupture
- Versatile shape and size
- You can feel a leak due to the natural absorption of saline
- Smaller incisions required
Cons of Saline Breast Implants
- Potential to feel and look less natural
- Rounder appearance
- Higher chance of rupture and deflation earlier but safer
- Liable to wrinkling and folding as time goes on
Alternative Composite Implants
A breast implant can sometimes be performed with alternative composite materials that are lesser known until a patient comes in for their first consult. These materials range from polypropylene string to soil oil. The options are vast.
These types of alternative composite implants are not popular in the contemporary era. This is due to the popularity of silicone breast implants as well as some of the alternative composite materials. Often when patients and their surgeon(s) select these types of implants, it is in individual cases such as those with allergies or special shaping requirements.
Pros of Alternative Composite Breast Implants
- Wide variety of material available
- Natural ingredients are an option
- Can be allergy friendly
Cons of Alternative Composite Breast Implants
- Not widely used anymore
- Risk from some ingredients
- Hard to find
Saline Implant VS Silicone Implant VS Alternative Composite Implant
In many cases determining what type of breast implant is going to be used is determined by the person receiving the implant, you. You look through the options and decide what feels and looks right for you.
Most surgeon(s) will have samples of the various materials available at their office for you to look at and feel. Many sample pictures of breasts after implant are available for all breast augmentation options. Looking at these can help you to get a better idea of post-surgery appearance.
The only time when the choice may not be yours is in the rare occurrence that you have an allergy to one or more of the materials. It is unethical for a doctor to allow the implantation of a material that they are aware you will have a reaction to but reactions, as already mentioned, are rare.
Getting breast implants is a big change in life but one that most women find to be incredibly empowering. Who does not like the ability to change their body to their liking? We hope that by reading this article, you have learned more about the choices of breast implantation options that are available to you. You can choose whether you want saline implants, silicone implants, or alternative composite implants.
Please check out our other articles on breast implant to ensure that you are well informed.