Information about Silicone Breast Implants
Many women want to boost their confidence and beauty with breast augmentation. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation was the top cosmetic surgical procedure in 2014, with over 286,000 performed nationwide. At our practice, Dr. Craig Foster and our team offer both saline and silicone breast implants to suit our patients’ unique needs and preferences. When faced with this choice, many women are unsure whether saline or silicone implants will be right for them. Saline implants consist of silicone shells filled with sterile saltwater, while silicone implants are filled with special silicone gel. Understanding the facts about both types can help you make a more informed decision about your enhancement, so Dr. Foster is happy to explain the benefits and disadvantages of both types. Read on to learn more about silicone breast implants from our Uptown Manhattan plastic surgeon.
Who Is a Candidate?
Not every patient qualifies for silicone breast implants. You may be a good candidate for implants if you:
- Want to improve the shape or size of your breasts by adding volume.
- Are concerned about rippling breast tissue, which is more common with saline implants.
- Are at least 22 years old, according to FDA regulations (women 18 or older can have saline implants placed).
- Want to enjoy a more natural appearance and texture. Each woman’s case is unique, but many feel that silicone implants look and feel more realistic.
- Have less natural breast tissue. Saline implants may be more likely to ripple, appear too firm, or create an unnatural appearance for women with smaller breasts.
When you come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Foster will examine your chest, review your medical records, and discuss your desired results with you to determine if you may be eligible for silicone breast implants.
Benefits of Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants are popular in the current American plastic surgery world. In 2012, 72 percent of all augmentations were performed with silicone breast implants. Many women choose this option because silicone implants:
- Are pre-formed and filled, allowing you to better understand and visualize your results.
- Provide a more aesthetic appearance and realistic texture, according to many patients and surgeons.
- May be less likely to rupture than their saline counterparts.
Drawbacks of Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants are not without their disadvantages. Some reasons patients choose saline implants over silicone include:
- Silicone breast implants often require larger incisions, since they are pre-formed.
- If silicone implants do rupture, the damage may go undetected and the materials may spread throughout your system (if saline implants leak, the change in volume is typically very obvious, and your body can absorb the saltwater easily).
- Saline implants may be easier to adjust, since they can be filled after insertion.
- Silicone implants sometimes require a longer recovery period.
Dr. Foster will discuss these risks and how you can minimize them at your initial consultation.
Are Silicone Breast Implants Right for You?
The type of implant you pick is a very personal decision. Dr. Foster and our team will assess your needs, discuss your preferences with you, and educate you about your options so you can choose an appropriate implant. To find out more about silicone breast implants or schedule a consultation with Dr. Foster, contact our plastic surgery office today.