A woman's breast is a gland that produces milk in late pregnancy and after childbirth. Each breast is made of lobes which are groups of milk glands called lobules. Lobules are arranged around thin tubes called ducts which carry milk to nipple. These lobules and ducts make up what is referred to as glandular tissue.
As with any gland or organ within human body, some imperfections are likely to occur. Perhaps you feel that your breasts are too small, poorly shaped, or maybe you have lost a breast to a disease like cancer.
Despite a decade of controversy over their safety, breast implants are more popular than ever among women who want to build upon what nature gave them or who want to restore what disease has taken away. Whatever reason, opting for breast implants is a personal decision that should be made only after a woman fully understands and accepts potential risks of devices and importance of follow-up evaluations with her physician.
According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were nearly 255,000 breast enhancement implant procedures performed in 2003, nearly twice number done in 1998. An additional 68,000 women received breast implants for reconstructive purposes following mastectomy due to cancer or other disease.
Breast implants are designed for augmentation, a cosmetic procedure; reconstruction; and replacement of existing implants, called revision. There are two primary types of implants: saline-filled and silicone gel-filled. Depending on type of implant, shell is either pre-filled with a fixed volume of solution or filled through a valve during surgery to desired size. Breast implants vary in shape, size and shell texture.