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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. Both use a shell made of a type of plastic called silicone. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water (saline). Silicone gel implants are filled with plastic gel (silicone). Many women say that silicone gel implants feel more like real breasts than saline. But they can pose more harm in case of a leak. Both types of implants come in different sizes and have either smooth or textured shells. You can decide which you prefer after you discuss the pros and cons with your surgeon.

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

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breast Augmentation." 
Nelson, R. The Lancet Oncology, 2006. 
Wilkins, E.G.Women's Oncology Review, June 2004. 
American Cancer Society. 
News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 25, 2019

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

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breast Augmentation." 
Nelson, R. The Lancet Oncology, 2006. 
Wilkins, E.G.Women's Oncology Review, June 2004. 
American Cancer Society. 
News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 25, 2019

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