PinnedSilicone vs saline: advantages of each?
The only thing I know for sure is I want to get breast implants. I am 19 years old now and have known since I was 13 that I would have breast augmentation when I was old enough and when I had the financial means to do it. My friends are giving me conflicting advice as to whether or not I go with the saline implants vs the silicone implants. I feel nervous about silicone but I believe that there has been significant changes to those implants making them more efficient and safe than they once were. However, saline implants have their appeal as well. I need professional advice before I proceed any further and I am hoping you can provide me with the info and guidance I desperately need.
You should rely on professional advice rather than your friends to make the best decision. Keep in mind that the FDA approved silicone implants for patients who are 22 years of age or older. Thus, you are not a candidate for this procedure according to the FDA. Many surgeons, however, legally perform this operation in an “off table” fashion as long they inform their patients. You are correct that the silicone implants are much improved, safer and give a softer and more natural result. Make several consultations with board certified plastic surgeons in your area to make the best, well informed decision. I hope this answer helps. :)
In our practice, virtually all implants are silicone gel. There have been exhaustive studies validating their safety and reliability. Ther is little question that silicone gel results in the most natural results with breast feeling normal and the implant being undetectable. Saline implants are often easily detected, more prone to "scalloping" and generally not as "natural" in appearance.
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Dr. Ludwig Allegra has 5 Breast augmentation (Silicone breast implants) before & afters:
Silicone implants are made with medical-grade silicone. Most of these implants undergo extensive testing before they are released on the market. Whereas Saline implant is a fairly simple breast augmentation procedure. Perfection of this procedure over the years makes it very safe and highly reliable. While Silicone implants give a more natural breast-like feel, saline implants have a tendency to look more round. Saline implants are cost-effective.
Think of your implant as the frame work of a tent. If you drape a thin sheet over the framework, a patient with minimal breast tissue, you may see rippling in the skin with a saline implant. This is minimized by a gel implant due to the consistency of the implant which is more like a gummy bear. There was a controversy in the nineties, many women were thinking they were developing symptoms attributed to the implants which at that time had a liquid gel. Long term follow up studies show no correlation. The implants both saline and silicone are guaranteed for life but, will need to be replaced at some time. The more breast tissue you have, the less critical your choice of implant.
Dr. Roger Friedman has 2 Breast augmentation, Breast lift before & afters: