Silicone gel implants have been in existence since 1963 and have advanced radically in the last fifty years. They are the most preferred breast prosthesis in the world, understanding the history and progress of the devices over the years is important when considering any type of breast implant.
The generation and implant type is essential in choosing one since earlier-generation devices are associated with more complications than new ones. The classification of silicone implants based on generations help one to understand the improvement of this devices overtime.
First-Generation Silicone Implants
One of the most common complications from the first generation implants was hardening and distortion of the breast implant before rapture.
Second-Generation Silicone Implants
With the Dacron patches removed, it was expected that hardening, distortion and rapture of the breast implants would reduce but that did not happen.
Third-Generation Silicone Implants
Fourth-Generation Silicone Implants
Fifth-Generation Silicone Implants
These are the most popular implants in the world, the highly cohesive gel helps the implant maintain its shape and prevent collapse.
Even though all saline implants will deflate at some point, the rate of deflation varies based on the surgical technique, manufacture and class. Because of the safety and effectiveness of the fourth and fifth generation silicone implants, silicone is now preferred over saline implants by most patients and doctors in the world.
This post was last modified on January 2, 2019 10:05 am