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There are two types of breast augmentation procedures: breast reconstruction procedures and cosmetic breast enhancement procedures.

Breast reconstruction procedures are plastic surgery procedures designed to rebuild the shape and form of a breast after a mastectomy. A mastectomy is the partial or complete removal of either one or both breasts. A mastectomy is a necessary surgical procedure in the case of breast cancer- usually when a cancerous growth has formed, and other times, for patients at high-risk of breast cancer, to prevent breast cancer formation.

Although there were over 96,000 breast reconstruction procedures performed in 2011 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons- the great majority of breast augmentation procedures are cosmetic breast enhancement procedures, with over 300,000 procedures performed in 2011, according to statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Cosmetic breast enhancement procedures are voluntary breast augmentation procedures designed to augment the shape, form, and feel of a patient’s breast, solely for aesthetic reasons.

For both types of breast augmentations- breast reconstruction and cosmetic breast enhancement- cosmetic surgeons utilize two different types of breast implants in Los Angeles: the silicone implant and the saline implants. The silicone implant is an implant made of a silicone shell pre-filled with a silicone gel. The saline implant is an implant made of a silicone shell that is filled with a sterile salt water solution, or as it is formally known, a saline solution, at the time of the procedure.To know more details about breast implants in Los Angeles click here

When it comes to breast augmentation procedures, silicone implants have tended to get a bad rap in the past. Although they were known to look and feel more like real breast tissue when compared to saline implants, they also were known to have higher rates of risks and complications when compared to saline implants. This was due to the fact that silicone wouldn’t begin to leak right away and show visible indications of leakage during a rupture like saline. A silicone rupture could go unnoticed for a while, trapping the silicone between fibrous tissues, potentially causing growths to appear.

However, it has been shown through several recent studies that the presence of leaked silicone gel in the body does not cause the long-term health effects, such as cancer or reproductive issues, that have be purported by the mass media.

Modern medical technology these days have engineered breast implants in such a way that the chance of rupture, with either silicone implants and saline implants, is very minimal and similar to each other. Also, both types of implants- silicone and saline- have the ability to produce incredibly similar results in terms of look and feel of the breast. In essence, for breast augmentation in Los Angeles nowadays, the choice between saline implants and silicone implants is a matter of personal preference.

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