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The Pros and Cons of Silicone Breast Implants

Plastic Surgeon Scottsdale

Women who undergo breast augmentation or reconstruction have two basic choices when it comes to implants: Silicone or saline. Both types of breast implants are FDA-approved and are generally safe for use; however, all types of plastic surgery carry certain inherent risks. Dr. Jennifer Geoghegan will help you decide whether silicone breast implants might be right for you.

Pro: Aesthetic Results
Women who choose silicone breast implants often do so because of the aesthetic advantage. Silicone implants are made of a smooth silicone gel. After healing from the surgery, the breasts will look completely natural. Silicone implants also feel natural to the touch; they generally feel softer than saline implants.

Con: Silent Ruptures
Both silicone and saline implants have some risk of rupturing. When a saline implant ruptures, it rapidly deflates and the saline solution is harmlessly absorbed into the tissues of the body. In contrast, the rupture of a silicone implant is often referred to as “silent” because it retains its shape. This issue could actually be seen as either an advantage or disadvantage. On one hand, women do not have to immediately deal with the aesthetic problem of a deflated implant. On the other hand, some women might not even realize that the implant has ruptured and will require correction. The leakage of silicone gel is not linked to any long-term or systemic health problems; however, some women may eventually experience breast pain and undesirable changes in the contour of the breast.

Pro: Minimal Rippling
Another benefit of silicone breast implants is the minimal risk of rippling. Saline implants can sometimes appear rippled or wrinkled, which detracts from the goal of achieving natural-looking results. In most cases, silicone implants eliminate this possibility. Silicone implants also have a reduced risk of downward displacement of the implant because they are lighter than saline implants.

When you become a patient at Oasis Plastic Surgery, you’ll receive all the in-depth information and supportive guidance you need to make the right decision for you. When you’re ready to discuss having a breast augmentation in Scottsdale, call us at (480) 264-6428. Our plastic surgeon also routinely performs breast lift, reconstruction, and body contouring procedures.