Real vs. fake breasts

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Real vs. fake breasts
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With the increasing popularity of cosmetic surgery, the question of the difference between real vs. fake breasts has become common. By examining the physical differences between real breasts and implants, both saline and silicone, you can glean a better understanding of breasts and how to distinguish real breasts from implants.

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Breast implants are silicone rubber sacs filled with either saline solution or silicone that are used to increase the size of a woman's breasts. Saline implants are the most commonly used form of implants in the United States. Implants can come in different sizes, shapes and textures, and may be placed under or over the chest muscles.

Shape

Breast implants often sit higher on the chest than real breasts, and they appear fuller and rounder on top than real breasts. Breast implants often have a noticeable gap between the breasts, while real breasts tend to be positioned closer together. Real breasts also fill out more at the bottom and not at the top. When in motion, breast implants often do not move much and will appear to keep their round shape, whereas real breasts will jiggle, bounce or shift depending on the body's movement.

Texture

Real breast tissue is composed mainly of fat and is therefore soft, whereas breast implants are more firm and less pliable. Silicone breast implants are generally softer than saline implants because they are made of a thick, gellike substance that feels similar to fat. Saline implants feel more like muscle instead of fat. When women with breast implants do not wear bras, their breasts tend to stay firm and round. Natural breasts, on the other hand, hang lower and will not jut out as much without a bra.

Risks

There has been controversy over the use of silicone implants due to safety concerns. Silicone implants are more likely to cause health problems when they rupture, and when they do rupture, it is harder to detect than saline implants. Silicone is not naturally occurring in the body and may be hazardous when absorbed. Saline implants are safely absorbed by the body when they rupture. Health risks thought to be associated with silicone implants caused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban them for a time; currently they are approved but are closely regulated.

Misconceptions

Many people associate breast implants with a large cup size, such as a D or DD. However, many women who opt for breast implants choose more natural-looking sizes such as a C or even B cup, so it can be harder to identify if someone has breast implants. In addition, padded bras create a similar effect to breast implants by lifting the breasts and making them appear larger. Therefore, it can be hard to tell the difference between real breasts and implants when a bra is worn.

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