Breast Augmentation with Implants: Safe or Unsafe?

 You mainly get two types of breast implants:

  • Saline
  • Silicone gel

Both saline and silicone gel, both implants have silicone as the outer shell, but the difference is the inside of the implants.

  • Saline Implants: They are filled with sterile saltwater or saline
  • Silicone gel: The implant is done with silicone gel

History of Silicone Gel Breast Implants


In 1962, silicone gel breast implants got introduced. In the 1980s the popularity of silicone gel increased, but also then came too many complaints with it. A lot of people claimed that the silicone gel breast implants used to get ruptured, and not only that, with the rupture people complained about increased risks of immunological disorders (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, etc.). A few women reported their symptoms got away as soon they removed their implants, and some women filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the implant.

But no studies could establish a connection, and the FDA looked into the matter, and in 1992 they restricted silicone gel breast implants for the women who had done silicone gel breast implants after having breast cancer. The next 14 years women used saline breast implants.

In 2006, after FDA found no connection between silicone gel and any disease, the sale of the certain type of silicone gel breast implant was again given permission.

Can Breast Implants be Reversed?

No, you cannot reverse breast augmentation with implants once done. Breast implants change your breast tissues permanently. Therefore, if you try to reverse the implant, your breast may not look the same or may not come back to the shape they were before the surgery was done. You will have wrinkled or dimpled breasts.

Will There be Changes in Sensation and Appearance?

After breast implantation, you might have some loss of sensation in your nipple and breast. In rare cases, you can have excessive wrinkling and scarring. You can learn more here with the breast implant average cost and country comparison tool