Breast augmentation creates fuller breasts through the placement of either silicone or saline-filled implants in the breasts.
Each type of implant has certain advantages to take into consideration when making your choice of implant. Many women and physicians prefer the silicone implants because the silicone gel contained within its solid silicone rubber outer shell is similar in texture to breast tissue which, they feel, translates to a more natural feel and appearance in the breasts. Saline, too, has a solid silicone shell that is made of rubber, but it is filled with sterile saline water once it is implanted into the breast. Any leaking that might occur in a saline implant is usually quickly apparent because the implant deflates, whereas, silicone ruptures can easily go unnoticed since the silicone tends to leak more slowly into surrounding tissues, and the breast changes little in appearance. To provide the public with more comprehensive information about implants, The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and The American Society of Plastic Surgeons created the website, breastimplantsafety.org, where you can find information about implant options; frequently asked questions; and safety, risks, and benefits.