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.
Since 2006, breast implant procedures have continued to be the leading cosmetic surgical operation in the United States. The popularity of breast implants has been due to multiple factors, including safety improvements and results that speak for themselves. So which implants are best, silicone or saline?
Silicone has dominated the breast-implant industry for the last seven years. One of the main reasons for this is the consistency of the gel. Silicone gel is great at mimicking natural breast tissue. This is especially important for women who opt to have the breast implant inserted over the pectoral muscle. Unlike saline, silicone insertions are less likely to cause a wrinkling effect on the side of the breast, which can be an obvious giveaway of having implants.
However, silicone implants may necessitate larger incisions, since they are prefilled rather than filled after insertion as with saline. This is one of the major benefits of the saline option. Saline implants are more ideal for the sub-pectoral implant location. These implants also allow the plastic surgeon to make smaller incisions, resulting in a faster recovery, because the implants can be filled after insertion.
Many doctors prefer saline when performing a sub-pectoral 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.
Both types of breast implants have pros and cons. Once the implants are in place, regular examinations by Dr. Brian Eichenberg and routine mammograms will help assure that any complications from breast augmentations can be detected early and treated.
For more details about breast implant surgery, contact our Riverside County office to set up an appointment at (951) 506-1040.