Medical Definition of Breast implants

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Breast implants: prosthetic devices surgically inserted in order to change the size, shape, and/or contour of a person's breast. Breast implants may be used as part of a cosmetic breast augmentation procedure or may be placed during post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Less commonly, they are used to correct deformities or birth defects of the chest. Breast implants may be made of different materials, including saline solution, silicone gel, or a composite filler.

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Reviewed on 2/27/2019

REFERENCE: Fauci, AS, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.

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