Today’s breast implant surgery offers a variety of implant shapes, sizes and compositions. Patients interested in this procedure usually decide between saline and silicone, smooth and textured, round and anatomic, and several other varying implant options.
The new generation of silicone breast implants, which emerged over the last decade, is not prone to developing leaks or rupture. Silicone-gel-filled implants received FDA clearance in 2006 after exhaustive research studies failed to demonstrate any consistent relationship between silicone breast implants and systemic illness.
Silicone gel implants feel more natural, which is why they’re more popular than their saline alternatives. However, they may necessitate larger incisions, since they are prefilled rather than filled after insertion as with saline. This is one of the major benefits for the saline option.
Many doctors prefer saline when performing a subpectoral insertion for breast implant surgery because it requires a smaller incision and the texture of the implant is masked by the patient’s own fatty tissue and chest muscle.
For more details about breast implant surgery, contact the Murrieta office of Dr. Brian Eichenberg to set up an appointment.