Safety of breast implants has been debated for decades. This debate has brought to public attention to dangers of silicone breast implants. Unfortunately, not as much attention has been focused on the safety of saline implants.
The FDA has left the public with the impression that saline implants are safe since the FDA has not targeted them as well. Although, saline implants are safer than silicone implants they still pose dangers to the body.
One problem with saline implants is that the bag that holds the saline is made of silicone. As explained in my blog on silicone implants, the immune system reacts to solid silicone in the same manner it reacts to liquid silicone. If the antibodies to the silicone are of the low affinity type, these antibodies could tag healthy connective tissue for destruction by the immune system.
Another problem is the often erroneous belief that the saline inside the implants is sterile. This is not necessarily true. If the implant bags are filled and sterilized prior to implantation then the saline would be sterile. The majority of saline implants though are inserted empty and then filled once they are inserted. It is true that the bag is sterile before implantation and the saline is sterile before being injected into the bag. The problem arises when the saline is injected into the bag. This is done by drawing the saline into a syringe and injecting the saline into the bag. Once the tip of the syringe is uncapped and exposed to air it becomes contaminated. This is true of any injection. Although, during general injections the amount of contamination is minimal and the immune system can deal with it. A different scenario occurs when saline implants are filled. Instead of the contamination being injected into the bloodstream where the immune system can deal with it, the contamination becomes safely contained within the silicone bag filled with saline. Since the immune system cannot detect or destroy the pathogens within the saline the pathogens are free to grow in safety. Over time the level of pathogens reaches a dangerous level. If the implants begin to leak, or worse ruptures, a highly pathogenic saline can overwhelm the immune system causing dangerous or deadly diseases.
I mentioned an example in my blog about silicone implants. My friend developed breast cancer in her right breast after her right silicone implant ruptured. She successfully fought her cancer with herbs and ozone therapy. When her saline implants that she replaced the silicone implants with started to leak she developed malignant tumors from head to toe. She sold for ozone unit to help pay medical bills and she died from cancer, which I truly believe developed from her saline implants.
Another friend had her implants removed, and gave them to me. I like to show them to people as an example of what I am referring to. Her implants were double lumen, silicone in a bag surrounded by a bag of saline. The saline is brown and black instead of clear. The color comes from the pathogens growing in the saline.
Human blood actually has a very similar chemistry to seawater. This makes saline an excellent medium for the growth pathogens. Add the warmth of the body and you have a perfect breeding environment for pathogens.
This problem is well-known, though not often discussed. One possible solution being considered is the use of peanut oil as a substitute for saline. The advantage is that without the moisture microbial growth is limited or eliminated. Researchers say that if the implants rupture the oil will be safely eliminated from the body. Peanut oil may not be the best choice though considering the number of people with severe peanut allergies.
As a final note about saline implants it has been reported that women with saline implants often experience a sloshing sound when flying. The problem occurs from the small air pocket formed when the implants are filled. The lower atmospheric pressure when flying causes the air bubble to expand. With the larger airspace the saline can easily slosh around inside the implant. The problem disappears as the plane lands and air bubble is compressed back down to normal size.