A saline breast implant is
a silicone elastomer shell filled with a salt-water solution known as saline. This Saline solution is similar to the fluids in your body so if the implant leaks the saline released can be safely absorbed. Saline-filled implants continue to be available to breast augmentation patients in Canada on an unrestricted basis.
To ensure the smallest incision possible a saline
implant is inserted into a patient empty, and once
placed in position filled with sterile saline fluid through
a self-sealing valve. The saline is measured in cubic centimeters (cc's) to determine size.
Saline implants are available in a variety of
different shapes and textures....
Round saline implants are thought to produce
a more rounded appearance to the upper breast although most surgeons feel once settled into the body they do naturally
assume a shape that is fuller at the bottom.
Anatomical saline implants are designed
to reflect the slope of the breast with fullness at the lower part of the
breast. A textured shell can ensure an anatomical implant
stays in its proper upright position by the shell bonding
to the surrounding breast.
Smooth saline implants are used by many surgeons who prefer the smooth shell which
palpability (capable of being felt) in thin skinned women
or those with little breast tissue. The smooth
surface allows the implant to freely move within the breast
pocket therefore behaving more like your
own natural tissue. Many surgeons recommend massaging smooth
implants after surgery to
ensure the pocket is kept open and scar tissue does not contract.