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Silicone Breast Implants

An Overview

Silicone Implants

The most common type of breast implant, silicone was once considered unsafe for breast augmentation. Recently, silicone gel implants were approved by the FDA. These thicker implants are less likely to leak and they create a more natural look and feel. Silicone implants help to achieve the aesthetic goals for many women looking to increase their cup size.

Silicone implants come pre-filled and therefore have to be inserted through a longer incision. This may cause more noticeable scarring after surgery, but many people still prefer silicone because it maintains a firm shape and has a texture similar to natural breasts. However, since they are gel-filled, silicone implants inhibit proper breast exams. Also, ruptures are less likely to be noticed, which can cause problems if gone untreated.

A consultation with a certified plastic surgeon will help you better determine what is right for you. Your doctor will assess your tissue thickness, current breast size and overall health to see if silicone implants are the way to go. You should have realistic expectations about surgery and take any advice your doctor gives you about the procedure.

Average Cost of Silicone Implants: $3,860

How Long Do Silicone Implants Take?
The surgery can take 1-2 hours.

Average Recovery Time
Initial recovery time takes between 1 to 2 weeks, but there is still a chance for slight bruising and tenderness. Strenuous activity should be avoided during this time.

Possible Risks and Side Effects
Silicone implants can cause bruising, swelling, infection, tenderness and loss of sensation. Most of this will clear up after the first couple weeks.

Other Names for Silicone Implants
Gummy Bear implants, cohesive gel implants, silicone breast augmentation.

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