5 Odd Breast Implant Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

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Joshua A. Greenwald, MD, FACS, a premier board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City, discusses five odd breast implant facts that many people probably do not know.


Curious Facts About Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States, and continues to increase in popularity. Earlier this year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported that the number of breast augmentation procedures performed in 2013 rose 1 percent from the previous year.

Given the popularity of breast augmentation surgery, it is no surprise that most individuals know that breast implants are used during the procedure to enhance the size of the breasts. They may also know that breast implants are comprised of a silicone outer shell and either a saline solution or silicone gel filling material. However, there are a number of curious facts about breast implants that most individuals would never know — until now. Dr. Joshua A. Greenwald shares the following five odd facts about breast implants:

#1: Weight gain occurs with breast implants. It makes sense that the larger the size of the breast implants, the more weight a patient gains once they are inserted during surgery. However, the amount of weight gained with breast implants is not that significant. One implant filled with 450 cubic centimeters (cc) of saline weighs about 1.3 pounds, not including the weight of the outer shell, which weighs about 20 grams.

#2: Some implants glow in the dark. Saline breast implants tend to glow in the dark more than silicone-gel implants. Placing a flashlight next to or underneath the breast implants will prove this odd fact!

#3: Smart chips are implanted in some breast implants. Although the breast implants available in the United States do not include smart chips, newer-generation implants available outside the U.S. contain VeriTeQ's microchip called "Q Inside." The microchip is heat resistant and includes pertinent information such as the serial number, manufacturer name, date of manufacture and other useful data.

#4: Breast implants can be considered vegan. In the past, breast implants were filled with a non-vegan oil designed to be as safe for the body to absorb in case of a leak as saline solution (sterile saltwater) is. However, the oil-filled implants had too many disadvantages, and clinical trials involving those types of implants were halted in the U.S. The implants available in the U.S. these days are considered vegan.

#5: Certain individuals can write off breast implants as tax deductions. The United States Tax Court ruled that individuals in certain professions, including exotic dancers, cocktail waitresses and those in the adult entertainment industry can write off the expense of breast implants as tax deductions.

Learn More About Breast Implant Treatment Options

Individuals who are intrigued by these curious facts about breast implants are invited to reach out to Dr. Greenwald for more information about the available types of breast implants and the related treatment options.

More About Joshua A. Greenwald, MD, FACS

Joshua A. Greenwald, MD, FACS, received his medical degree from the New York University Medical School. He then fulfilled a residency in general surgery, also at New York University (NYU), before completing an advanced two-year plastic surgery fellowship in plastic surgery at the NYU Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Dr. Greenwald is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was also selected to sit on the Mentor Corporation’s LEAD Program Advisory Board. He has been featured across various media, including in Cosmopolitan and Social Life magazines. In addition, Castle Connolly recently selected Dr. Greenwald as a Westchester “Top Doctor.” To learn more, please visit http://www.drgreenwald.com.

Joshua A. Greenwald, MD, FACS
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166 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010
Phone: (212) 518-1642

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