Prior to 1992, two types of breast implants were available; silicone shell filled with silicone gel or silicone shell filled with saline. However, in 1992, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restricted the use of silicone gel in breast transplants.
Saline filled implants are known to be safer as the body has to deal with only salt water incase the silicone shell develops leakage. FDA had made it mandatory on manufacturers to provide assurance of safety at some point in time.
Subsequently FDA approved saline implants of a few manufacturers based on the assurance given by them. In spite of the assurances given by manufacturers, these products do have risks. Implants are artificial devices and hence they can never be equal to the natural biological part they are replacing in terms of functionality, longevity and safety.
Saline breast transplants can rupture, ripple, harden, change shape and shift position. They can give rise to infection, pain, loss of feeling in the nipple. They can also interfere with breast feeding and detection of breast cancer. The breast implants have a limited life. A rupture can occur at any time. If the implant ruptures, surgery is required to set it right.
The studies done so far on other health problems associated with saline breast implant have been too small hence no conclusions could be drawn. However, following symptoms have been reported by women who have undergone these implants: Swelling or joint pain, general aching, unusual hair loss, energy loss, increased susceptibility to colds, viruses, swollen glands, rash, memory related problems, headaches, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting and irritable bowel syndrome.
Therefore, if you want to know can saline implants cause hair loss, the answer is yes they can. But this side effect of saline implant is not that widespread.
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