The Pros and Cons of Silicone Breast Implants By Anya Kishinevsky, M.D. on January 13, 2017

A surgeon holding silicone breast implantsBreast augmentation surgery remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures the world over. Thanks to innovations in surgical techniques, the procedure is even more effective than before, and yields excellent aesthetic results.

Many patients who stop by our Fairfield cosmetic surgery center wonder if silicone breast implants may be better for their needs than saline breast implants. Let's consider the basics as well as the pros and cons of silicone breast implants right now.

About Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are comprised of a silicone shell filled with silicone gel. In 1992, silicone breast implants were prohibited for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to health and safety concerns. After additional research, the FDA approved the use of silicone breast implants in 2006.

Ideal Candidates for Silicone Breast Implants

Good candidates for silicone breast implants are women who have breasts that they feel are tooth small or that are poorly proportioned to their frame. They should be in good health overall such that a breast enlargement procedure does not pose a serious risk to health and overall wellness. It's important that patients have realistic expectations about the nature of the surgery, including post-op side effects and post-surgical scarring.

The Advantages of Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants have a number of unique advantages that make them a popular choice for breast enhancement procedures.

  • Natural Appearance – Silicone breast implants look more natural than saline breast implants thanks to their overall composition.

  • Natural Texture – Silicone breast implants are soft and feel more like natural breast tissue.

  • Less Rippling and Wrinkling – Silicone breast implants are less prone to rippling and wrinkling than saline breast implants thanks to their composition.

The Disadvantages of Silicone Breast Implants

While there are distinct advantages to getting silicone breast implants, there are also some disadvantages to keep in mind.

  • Potentially Visible Surgical Scars – Given their composition, silicone breast implants will require incisions made on the breasts themselves.

  • Higher Cost Involved – Typically silicone breast implants cost more than saline breast implants.

  • Danger of Implant Rupture – Ruptures and leaks from silicone breast implants occur slower than saline implants, making these problems harder to detect.

Should I Consider Saline Breast Implants?

This depends on your cosmetic goals and how you feel after weighing the pros and cons of your implant options. We will make sure to discuss which type or types of implants may be more ideal for your surgical needs.

Tailoring Breast Augmentation Surgery to You

The most important thing that we can do for patients is tailor the procedure to them. During the consultation process, we will carefully go over all of your options for care, discussing implant types as well as implant shape, incision techniques, placement of the implant, and so forth. We want to make sure that you are completely confident in your choices heading into surgery, and that you have a full understanding of what to expect once the procedure is completed.

Learn More About Silicone Breast Implants

To learn more about breast augmentation surgery and how it can help you look your very best, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The team at our practice will work with you to help enhance your figure and curves.

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Anya Kishinevsky, M.D.

Anya Kishinevsky, M.D.

Board-certified surgeon Anya Kishinevsky believes in a completely personalized approach to plastic and reconstructive surgery. She holds several distinctions, has repeatedly been featured on Connecticut Magazine's list of Top Docs, and is a member of the:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Women's Medical Association

Learn for yourself why so many patients choose Dr. Kishinevsky for their care. Schedule a consultation at our Norwalk, CT, office online or call (203) 388-9919.

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