Breast Augmentation: Benefits of Silicone

For women considering breast augmentation in San Diego, silicone breast implants are definitely the more popular choice. Is it just that silicone is regarded as the latest and greatest, or are there real benefits to choosing silicone over saline?

Natural Results

Every one of my surgeries has one goal in mind: beautiful, natural looking results. Silicone gel implants can deliver this look just about every time. For example, silicone implants are great for women without much natural breast tissue, because silicone lacks the visible surface rippling that can often occur with saline implants; women don’t need extra padding to hide this issue if we use silicone.

Silicone feels more like natural breast tissue as well. If the implant shell ruptures, silicone implants won’t rapidly deflate and leave you looking lopsided like saline implants would. Instead, the cohesive gel contents stay in place and your breast will retain its shape, so you won’t have to feel embarrassed about your appearance while waiting for your implants to be replaced.

Why Choose Saline?

Silicone implants aren’t necessarily right for every woman. They can’t be filled after placement, so they do require larger incisions than saline implants. Women must be at least 22 years old to get silicone gel implants. And, since a leak isn’t always immediately apparent with silicone implants, regular MRIs are recommended after your breast augmentation to ensure that your implants are safe and sound. Saline implants are also less expensive than silicone.

There are pros and cons to both silicone and saline breast implants, and I do have patients who prefer saline. But silicone still remains the more popular choice by far, both here in La Jolla and in the rest of the nation as well.

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