What’s the safest breast implant?

Nicole Daruda of Vancouver Island was plagued by health concerns two years after her silicone breast implants: repeated infections, G.I. problems, and confused thinking. She had food allergies and other ailments by the time she was five years old, and she had been diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases. She discovered swelling around her left armpit and breast a year later, aged 47, and it occurred to her: Could her symptoms be related to the implants? Daruda had the implants removed in 2013, and her panic attacks and anxiety disappeared. She was no longer on thyroid medication after two years, and her allergies were vanished. Breast Implant Illness and Healing by Nicole is a Facebook group she founded.

Which Breast Implants Are the Most Protective?

There are no major differences in the safety of silicone gel and saline implants, according to current research. However, each form of breast implant has advantages and disadvantages.

Ruptures are a possibility with any type of breast implant. Surgical error, a fall, or — very infrequently — the pressure applied to the breast during a mammography can all cause ruptures. However, the consequences of a rupture varied slightly between the two types.

Ruptured saline implants are easy to spot: As the fluid drains out, the breast rapidly changes shape. All that flows out of a saline implant is seawater. The seawater is absorbed into the body without injury.

Ruptures of silicone gel implants are more difficult to detect: The leaking silicone from the implant stays in the body when it breaks. It can migrate outside the breast and into distant lymph nodes in rare cases. As unsettling as that may sound, studies have shown no evidence that this increases the risk of disease. However, if a silicone gel implant ruptures, your doctor would likely advise you to have it removed along with any loose silicone.

Patients and doctors may not discover ruptures of silicone gel breast implants because they are “quiet.” MRI is the only way to detect them. As a result, the FDA recommends that women who get silicone gel implants undergo an MRI three years following the procedure and then every two years after that. Your insurance company may not cover MRIs. These MRIs may end up costing more than the original implant operation throughout the course of a woman’s life.

The look and feel of silicone breast implants are preferred by many women and plastic surgeons. Silicone breast implants are said to be more natural-looking than natural breast tissue. Saline implants are more likely to cause skin rippling.

Platinum is present in silicone gel breast implants but not in saline implants. While some individuals believe platinum is dangerous, the FDA claims that no studies have found it to be so in breast implants.

Surgical distinctions Saline implants require a smaller incision than pre-filled silicone gel breast implants because they are filled after they are implanted. Many saline implants can also be fine-tuned following surgery. A lady could opt to increase or decrease the size of her saline implants without surgery after a few months. The doctor can simply inject more fluids or remove it with a syringe. Standard prefilled silicone gel implants cannot be altered in size.

Remember that your doctor might strongly advocate one type of breast implant over another. Certain factors, such as your body shape or present breast size, may favor one type of implant over another.

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