The Extraordinary Polypropylene Breast Implants
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular type of cosmetic surgery in the world today. It involves insertion of implants into the breasts to increase their size or change their texture and shape. There are various types of implants used in this procedure. These include silicone gel implants, saline implants, cohesive gel implants and polypropylene breast implants. Polypropylene implants are little known as they are rarely used. However, they are the most peculiar of all these types of implants.
Polypropylene implants are also referred to as string breast implants. They implants use propylene and were developed by Dr. Gerald Johnson. However, they often resulted in some complications and are now banned in the United States and European Union. These implants were made for women in need of huge breast sizes. This is possible by the nature of the implant as it continues to grow in size after being place in the breasts. This results in extra-large breasts.
The implants are made of polypropylene which absorbs water. Polypropylene causes irritation to the pocket of the implant resulting in the production of serum which slowly fills the implant pocket continually. As a result, the breasts continue enlarging in size even after surgery. The growth in breast size can only be curbed through the removal of the serum by a syringe. A problem may occur if the breasts enlarge unevenly but this can be corrected by the introduction of sterile saline or removal of serum.
Polypropylene breast implants result in extreme breast sizes that almost appear comical and fake. The implants were in the market until 2001 when they were banned by FDA. They are considered to be superior to silicone and saline implants in se medical circles. They do not have capsular contracture and patients report that the breasts feel more natural. They are firmed up by the injection of saline during the surgery. Over time, that saline is absorbed into the body and the cavity is filled by with serum by the body. This results in a more natural appearance and feel to the breasts.
Since the use of polypropylene breast implants is not approved by the FDA, their popularity is not as high as that of other implants. However, this has not deterred some celebrities and adult entertainers form going for them. This is attributed to their quest for popularity and conspicuousness as well as availability of money to finance the procedure. It is normally an expensive procedure that only the rich can afford. The FDA ban also makes people avoid them even if they can afford them because there are concerns that they increase the risk of breast cancer.
Polypropylene breast implants are no longer recommended. If you are considering going for breast augmentation to increase the size of your breasts, these implants are not the best. In any case, it is hard to get a surgeon willing to perform the procedure because it is banned and poses a high risk of developing complications. It is advisable to go for other implant types such as silicone gel and saline implants.