Breast augmentation is the most widely performed cosmetic surgery in the United States, and is also the most frequently performed plastic breast surgery. It is important to be completely aware now of all the risks and complications that you can experience with plastic breast surgery. In the United States, 329,000 of all the breast plastic surgery procedures conducted in 2006 were for breast augmentations. V Plastic Surgery of Monmouth County | Rahul Vemula, MD, FACS offers excellent info on this.
The first woman to have silicone implants inserted was in 1962. Two main types of breast implants are available: saline-filled and silicone-gel-filled implants. In the early 1990s, it was primarily silicone implants designed in the 1970s that were involved in the class-action litigation against Dow-Corning and several other producers.
A variety of types of breast implants other than the two most common, saline filled and silicone gel filled, including polypropylene string and soy oil, have been developed, but these are not widely used, if at all; it would not be good to leak oil into the body during a rupture. Back in 1961, with the Dow Corning Company, Dr. Thomas Cronin and Dr. Frank Gerow, two plastic surgeons from Houston, Texas, invented the first silicone breast prosthesis. Plastic surgeons agree that silicone gel implants are the superior device for women with very little breast tissue, or for post-mastectomy reconstruction, but saline implants may look very close to silicone gel implants in patients with more breast tissue.
After the implant is mounted in the body, saline implant shells are made of silicone elastomer, and the implants are filled with saline solution. A model of pre-filled saline implants was developed by one manufacturer, but after surgery, it was confirmed that there were high failure rates.
Mastopexy is often done to strengthen the loose skin after breast implants are removed that have been inserted for a long period of time: this is additional surgery typically performed at the same time and at an extra cost. It is necessary to note that breast implants do not last a lifetime and should be permanently removed or removed and replaced at some stage or another. Extracapsular silicone may migrate to other parts of the body, but most clinical complications, called axillary lymphadenopathy, have been restricted to the breast and axillae as inflammatory nodules (granulomas) and swollen lymph glands in the armpit region.