One of your breast augmentation options is to choose saline or silicone breast implants. Neither one is a right or wrong decision, but one of our experienced plastic surgeons can help you choose breast implants that will create the final breast appearance you want.
Making Your Implant Decision
Because silicone implants look and feel so natural, they have become an implant of choice for many women. Some points to consider regarding this type of breast implant include:
- Benefits and risks: Silicone implants have a silicone rubber shell that is pre-filled with a certain amount of silicone gel, depending on your desired cup size. Every implant contains a patch covering the implant’s manufacturing port. Silicone implants offer a more natural look and feel, but may or may not be more prone to capsular contracture. Speak to our plastic surgeons about any risks that may pertain to you.
- Innovative cohesive gel: Cohesive silicone gel mimics the appearance and feel of real human fat, and thus provide the most natural result. The gel also maintains its shape, so if your breast implant tears or breaks, the gel won't leak out and the breast won't lose all its shape.
- Safety profile: In the early 1990s there was speculation that silicone breast implants were responsible for connective tissue diseases in certain patients. But after an extensive evaluation, the Institute of Medicine concluded that there was "no definitive evidence linking breast implants to cancer, neurological diseases, neurological problems or other systemic diseases." In November of 2006, the FDA approved the use of silicone breast implants for women ages 22 and up. Silicone implants have an excellent safety profile and have not been shown to increase your risk of breast cancer or systemic disease.
Silicone vs. Saline
Some women prefer saline implants. Although saline tends to look and feel less natural than silicone gel, saline implants generally work well if there is enough breast tissue to cover it or if it is placed behind the chest muscle instead of in front of it.
The decision between silicone and saline implants is one that only the patient can make. There are benefits to both types of implants. The type best for you is a highly individualized decision that should only be made after consulting our experienced breast implant surgeons in Denver.
If you want to learn more about the types of breast implants, please contact Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery using our online form or call (720) 457-4471 to schedule a free cosmetic consultation.