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Breast Implant Types

FAQ: About the types of implants you can have for your breast surgery.

Breast implant cosmetic surgery or breast augmentation is by far the most popular breast surgery performed in the UK with over 30,000 breast enlargement procedures performed annually. The breast implants used in breast augmentation are medical devices implanted either under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle. This is done to increase breast size in a breast enlargement operation or to rebuild breast tissue after a mastectomy or other damage to the breast in a breast reconstruction procedure. Breast implants are also used to replace existing implants in order to correct the result of an original surgery.

Unfortunately despite the continually increasing breast implant surgery figures, Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors are seeing a rising numbers of cases when breast enlargement has gone wrong and where breast implant claims should be made due to the surgeon’s negligence. When cosmetic breast surgery mistakes happen, a law firm of cosmetic surgery solicitors can make a claim for compensation on your behalf.

Breast Implants – The Types

There are main two types of implant available in the UK – silicone gel or saline (sterile salt water).

Whichever type of implant is chosen for a breast enlargement, the breast implant consists of an outer shell and a filling material either silicone gel or saline. Both types of breast implants have a solid silicone outer shell or envelope. Breast implants can be round or shaped like a natural breast known as tear drop breast implants.

Silicone breast implants are the most popular implants for a breast augmentation but no matter what type of breast implant you’ve had, what happens when your breast implant surgery goes wrong? If you’ve recently undergone breast enlargement surgery and you’re dissatisfied with the results, it can be difficult to know your legal rights in a minimally regulated industry like cosmetic surgery.

As the first legal practice in England and Wales dedicated to helping victims of negligent cosmetic surgery, Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors can give you all the information you need to make a claim. Call today on 0800 634 0285 or request a call back from Michael Saul, Partner and Head of Cosmetic Negligence Claims, or one of the Cosmetic Claims team.

Silicone Breast Implants

Both types of breast implants are surrounded by a firm, elastic silicone shell that helps prevent the implant rupturing or splitting. The surface of the shell can either be smooth or textured for both silicone and saline. Silicone gel implants are however the most common type of breast implant used in the UK.

The main reason for their popularity seems to be that many women and cosmetic surgeons prefer the look and feel of silicone breast implants. Silicone breast implants are generally considered to be more like real breast tissue. While the silicone can vary in its firmness, unlike some saline implants, they are pre-filled before they are inserted in a breast enlargement surgery. They are generally considered to be less likely to wrinkle than other types of implant as the silicone gel allows for movement, giving a slightly more natural feel. Most silicone gel implants used in the UK have a textured surface which can also reduce excessive movement. Silicone breast implants can be either soft or filled with a firmer gel; the latter breast implant is called a cohesive gel implant.

When silicone breast implants go wrong however and the implant ruptures, the leaking silicone stays in the body and is more difficult to notice than a rupture from a saline breast implant. This rupture can sometimes lead to the silicone spreading outside the breast and into further lymph nodes. If that happens and is picked up, the cosmetic surgeon will probably recommend removing it and any loose silicone. A rupture from a silicone implant can also lead to small lumps developing known as siliconomas which can be painful and may need to be removed.

If you have any doubts about the success of your breast implant operation using a silicone breast implant, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced claims team on 0800 634 0285 to talk through your concerns. For more information on how to make a claim with Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors read below.

Make a Breast Implant Negligence Claim with Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors

Michael Saul and his team at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors have recovered over £2.5 million in compensation for the victims of cosmetic surgery gone wrong. We work on a No Win No Fee basis so speak to us today if you think that you are a victim of breast implant surgery negligence, and take these four steps to make a claim:

  1. Call our expert breast implant claims team on 0800 634 0285
  2. Request a call back at a time that suits you and your schedule
  3. Tell us how your breast augmentation went wrong and let our experienced legal team provide you with your options
  4. Our dedicated cosmetic medical negligence solicitors will do the rest

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants, while less popular than silicone implants are still popular among the many UK patients undergoing breast augmentations. Saline-filled breast implants contain a silicone outer shell that are then filled with a sterile saltwater or saline solution. Some saline breast implants are pre-filled while some are filled during the breast augmentation. Saline implants come in different sizes with either smooth or textured shells. In general as saline breast implants are more prone to wrinkling or folding, they may feel less natural than silicone implants.

Saline implants are filled after they’re implanted, so saline implants require a smaller incision than pre-filled silicone breast implants. Saline implants can be adjusted after surgery if they’ve been filled through a valve after insertion into the patient’s breast. If the patient later decides to increase or decrease the size of her breast implants, the cosmetic surgeon can adjust the size without the need for further breast surgery.

If saline breast implants go wrong however and a rupture occurs then the consequences for the patient aren’t pretty. A rupture for a saline implant is easier to spot than that for a silicone breast implant as the breast changes shape quickly as the saline leaks out. This is normally absorbed by the patient’s body but it does leave the patient needing restorative breast surgery to rectify the now deflated saline breast implant.

Has your saline breast implant surgery gone wrong? Then contact Michael Saul or his experienced team at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors on 0800 634 0285 and ask for their advice on how to make a claim for breast implant surgery negligence.

When Breast Implant Surgery Goes Wrong

Manufacturers of breast implants, both silicone and saline, claim that the breast implants last for at least 10 years, but not matter how long they last, women who have breast implant surgery rarely keep the same implants for the rest of their lives. Any patient who has a breast implant operation is likely to need further surgery at some point to change the implant.

Every surgical procedure has risks, and breast implant surgery or breast augmentation is no exception. But if there is cosmetic surgery negligence during a breast implant procedure, typical problems which can indicate the occurrence of breast implant negligence are:

  • Breast sagging or ptosis
  • Lop-sided or different sized breasts (asymmetry).
  • Inappropriate or unsightly scarring, above or below the fold beneath the breast.
  • Implants crossing over in the centre of the chest (Symmastia or uni-boob)
  • “Double-bubble” or “cottage loaf” effect, where the breast has a double instead of single mound appearance.
  • “Bottoming out” – this is a problem which occurs when the implant falls to the bottom of the breast.

If you’ve had any of the problems mentioned above with your breast implant surgery, call Cosmetic Solicitors on 0800 634 0285 and let us help you start a claim for compensation.

Call Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors Today

Breast implant cosmetic surgery claims can net large sums of compensation which could provide you with both restorative surgery and peace of mind after the distress of a bad breast enlargement.

Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors is the leading UK cosmetic surgery law firm with an unrivalled reputation for delivering the best outcome for patients who’ve suffered breast implant negligence.

We can answer whatever questions you may have about breast augmentation going wrong and will support you through what can be a long and difficult process. Speak to Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors today on 0800 634 0285 or request a call back from Michael Saul or one of his expert breast implant negligence claims team.

Related Cosmetic Breast Surgery Claims

Breast implant surgery is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure carried out in the UK but there are many other popular cosmetic operations and unfortunately these surgeries sometimes go wrong too.

Cosmetic Surgery Process Guides

Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors has surgery process guides for other frequent types of cosmetic surgery negligence like the following:

Breast Surgery Cosmetic Claims Guides

Please find a list of quick links to a number of key topics relating to breast surgeries that Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors can support with making a claim for negligence. These guides should provide you with information that will help you ascertain if you’ve been victim of cosmetic surgery negligence.

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