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Saline Breast Implants
Saline implants are also made of silicone outer shell, which is filled with 0.9% NaCl solution. Saline is a salt solution with the same concentration of salt as salt in our own bodies. This makes the saline in implants biologically compatible with our body. If a saline implant was to rupture, its fluid will get absorbed in the blood stream and be eliminated without any diverse effects.
The downside of saline implants is how they feel to the actual touch. Saline implants tend to have shell ripples. They tend to feel like water filled bags and not like breasts. Because of this draw back they need to be placed behind the chest muscles. That brings in its own unacceptable issues. After a few years of their placement the pectoral muscle suffers atrophy from the pressure of the implants, and it thins out. At that time the rippling starts to show through and gets worse as the muscle atrophies even more with time.
The American implant manufacturers (Allergan, Mentor and Sientra) offer inflatable saline implants with variable fills and projections.
Another manufacturer makes saline implants called Ideal Implant. Ideal implant has multiple inner partitions within the implant to maintain shape and reduce fluid movement within the implants. However, it still feels less natural than silicone gel implants.
Saline implants are the only implants that can be used in women under the age of 22.
*Individual results may vary
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