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Breast Augmentation Plastic Surgery – Types, Cost, Recovery & Risks

by Dr. Daniel Lin

body 13Breast implant is a cosmetic surgery procedure for increasing the breast size. It can be used for re-construction or cosmetic augmentation of breast. There are two main types of breast implants. They are classified depending upon the type of solution used to fill the silicone capsule. When saline or salt water solution is used for filling, the implant is called saline implant and when silicone or plastic gel is used, the implant is called silicone implant.

A silicone implant is pre-filled which means that the capsule is filled with the plastic gel before it is used for the surgery. Saline implants are filled after the capsule is inserted by creating a small incision through which the saline solution is injected or removed in small quantities. Therefore, a saline implant is more compatible for shape adjustments after the surgery is complete. Silicone implants only come in a few standard shapes.

Risk and safety

Both types of implants pose some common risks such as pain, temporary unease and ruptures. Further, each type of implant will come with its own set of risks which may not be very serious in nature.

A ruptured saline implant is known for producing deflating effects. Its ruptures can be easily identified as the changes in contour become visible throughout the area of the breast. The leaked solution is naturally absorbed by the body as it is risk-free saline solution. In many cases, saline implants are found to be uncomfortable.

When silicone implants rupture, the solution will remain within the capsule for a long time before starting to leak into the surrounding regions of the breast. Therefore, it is hard to identify the silent rupture in silicone implant. Silicone implants were banned for over a decade from 1992 to 2006 as they were not backed by any scientific research during that time.

In any case of rupture, both silicone and saline implants have been proved to be safe from causing any serious damages to the body. Even though silicone implants are successfully tested positive in terms of rupture safety, many still believe that a ruptured silicone implant must be immediately replaced or removed. Ruptured saline implants have to be replaced because the irregularity becomes more and more visible.

Patients must qualify for the surgery with certain requirements. Both types of implants are allowed for patients of all ages undergoing reconstruction. In case of cosmetic augmentation, saline implants are permitted only for patients above the age of 18 and silicone implants for those aged above 22.


Typically, cost of breast augmentation surgeries varies in the range of $5000 to $10,000. Besides, cost will significantly depend on the experience of the cosmetic surgeon or facilities provided by the hospital. Cost will not be covered by insurance as it is an elective cosmetic surgery procedure.

Patients will be assisted by our expert surgeons including Dr Daniel Lin and staff during all stages of surgery. We are known as the premiere cosmetic surgery facility in Atlanta.

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