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Breast implants are medical devices that are implanted either under breast tissue or under the chest muscle for breast augmentation or reconstruction. There are two major types: saline-filled and silicone gel-filled.
- Saline-filled implants are silicone shells that are either prefilled or filled with saline during surgery, and some of these allow for adjustments of the filler volume after surgery.
- Silicone gel-filled implants are silicone shells prefilled with silicone gel.
Both silicone and saline implants have their pros and cons which need to be considered before the surgery.
FDA has approved four implant types for marketing in the U.S.:
- In May 2000, Mentor and Allergan (formerly Inamed, on March 23rd, 2006, Allergan, Inc. acquired Inamed Corporation - Inamed is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Allergan) received approval for saline-filled implants. These implants were approved for breast augmentation in women 18 years or older and for breast reconstruction in women of any age.
- In November 2006, Allergan and Mentor received approval for their silicone gel-filled implants. These implants were approved for breast augmentation in women 22 years or older and for breast reconstruction in women of any age.
All implants other than these four approved devices are considered investigational devices, including the cohesive implants also called gummy-bear implants - for a woman to receive an investigational implant in the U.S., she must enroll in a clinical study.
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Do you think you are going to opt for very large breast implants, for example 800cc implants or 1000cc implants? If so, be extra careful and deliberate about your choice of the plastic surgeon. Be patient, take your time, evaluate multiple board certified plastic surgeons, and do not forget to request and check references.