The Anatomy of a Breast Implant


Aug 22, 2012
It’s universally acknowledged that breast augmentation is an intensive procedure. For this reason, it makes sense to want to know as much as you can about the surgery, whether you are seriously considering it or just doing some research. The Scottsdale breast augmentation surgery is made up of a lot of different parts, including the pre-op consultation, the incision type, the surgery itself, and the recovery process – but when it comes to the implant used during the procedure, not a lot of people are aware that the anatomy of a breast implant is worth knowing. Let’s take a look at some points to consider. Breast Implant Anatomy There are a few different types of breast implants available today, but in general, implants are made up of a shell, filler, and patch. The shell is the outside layer of material that encapsulates the filler, which can either be saline or silicone. The patch is what covers the hole where the filler is inserted into the shell. Patches and implants in general are designed to resist leaks and breakage, so the shell, which is made up of silicone, tends to be pretty thick. There is typically only one layer of shell in each implant, though some are made to have double layers (also called “double lumen”). Though the shell is almost always silicone, the filler can either be saline or silicone. Saline implants are composed of a sterile saline (saltwater) solution that can either come pre-filled or require filling during surgery. In many cases, the type of incision you have performed during your Scottsdale breast augmentation determines whether the implant arrives pre-filled or not. For example, the TUBA incision – in which the surgeon inserts the implant through an incision made at your navel, which then travels up towards the breast tissue – requires the implant to be filled once it is placed in the breast. Silicone breast implants, on the other hand, are generally pre-filled by the implant manufacturer before surgery. These implants are made up of a silicone gel that is traditionally used in a variety of medical applications. However, these implants are restricted for women aged 22 and older, as opposed to their saline counterparts, which can be pursued by women 18 and older. Silicone implants bring with them a bit of controversy in the Scottsdale breast augmentation world because of the safety concerns surrounding the gel; however, the FDA recently stated that these types of breast implants are safe. Talk to your surgeon to see which type of filler works best for you. Here at the Body Sculpting Center Here at the Body Sculpting Center, our qualified staff will make sure that you receive the highest quality treatment from start to finish. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation! Share Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace Share on Orkut share via Reddit Share on identica Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Print for later Bookmark in Browser