One of the greatest debates in history is which breast implant is better: saline or silicone? Okay, maybe not one of the greatest, but it is an important concept when one is determining which implant to receive for their breast augmentation. While there are a series of positives and negatives for both kind of implants, studies show that ever since silicone breast implants were re-approved in 2006 by the Food and Drug Administration, they have been the more-preferred implant.*
In 2006, only 19 percent of women’s implants were silicone. However, according to a Fox News report, statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) showed nearly 72 percent of all breast implants were made of silicone in 2010. Prior to the FDA approving silicone implants, there were many concerns that the silicone could lead to serious health complications, including autoimmune disorders. After years of testing and research, these concerns were ruled out and the FDA approved these implants for use.*
Although silicone implants are now FDA-approved, it is imperative that you do your homework when deciding between saline and silicone. Research shows that about 20-50 percent of women who had silicone implants may need to have them replaced in ten years.* In addition, there are still risks for certain complications with silicone implants over saline implants.* Though saline implants can rupture more easily than silicone implants, the natural saline solution will be absorbed into the body with no further complications.* However, when a silicone implant ruptures, this may not be as easily detected because the breast will still maintain its shape. In addition, it is important to note that all silicone implants come pre-filled, which may require a longer incision for placement.*
Though risks and complications for breast implants are very rare, it is important to talk with your doctor about them. Over the years, silicone implants have improved immensely with better shape and sizing for a more natural contour.* Women now have more choices when it comes to deciding the size and shape they want for their breasts.
For more information on the risks and benefits of silicone or saline breast implants, please feel free to contact me at my Miami, Florida plastic surgery practice by calling (305) 860-0717. For more information on assessing your body, goals, and expectations, contact my office today!*