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What are the different types of breast implants?

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There are two basic types of breast implants: saline and silicone gel. Saline-filled implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline). Some are pre-filled and others are filled during the implant operation. Silicone gel-filled implants are silicone shells filled with a plastic gel (silicone). Although many women say that silicone gel implants feel more like real breasts than saline, they pose more of a risk if they leak. Both saline and silicone come in different sizes and have either smooth or textured shells. Each has its own pros and cons, so it is a matter of preference.

From: Breast Implants WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  FDA: "Breast Implant Questions and Answers" and "FDA Breast Implant Consumer Handbook." 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breast Augmentation."  Nelson, R.  , 2006.  Wilkins, E.G. , June 2004.  American Cancer Society.  News release, FDA.



The Lancet OncologyWomen's Oncology Review

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 17, 2017

SOURCES:  FDA: "Breast Implant Questions and Answers" and "FDA Breast Implant Consumer Handbook." 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breast Augmentation."  Nelson, R.  , 2006.  Wilkins, E.G. , June 2004.  American Cancer Society.  News release, FDA.



The Lancet OncologyWomen's Oncology Review

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 17, 2017

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