When considering breast augmentation, a woman has a choice between two types of implants: silicone or saline. Silicone implants consist of a solid silicone rubber outer shell that is filled with cohesive silicone gel. The FDA recommends that women who have silicone implants undergo an MRI every other year after the third year to detect any possible leaks that may have occurred.
Saline implants have a solid silicone rubber outer shell that is filled with sterile salt water. Unlike the pre-filled silicone implants, saline implants are filled to the desired size after their placement inside the body. A rupture occurring with a saline implant is usually easily detectable in a short time. To learn more about implants, you may visit the website: www.breastimplantsafety.org. This website was set up jointly by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to provide information about implants.