The most recent research reveals that there are not significant differences in the safety of silicone and saline breast implants. Some time ago, the FDA banned the use of silicone implants for all women except those having breast reconstruction surgery after cancer. In 2006, the FDA approved the use of certain silicone implants after finding no correlation between the silicone implants and disease. Both implants are considered to be safe.
Any safety issues could arise if a silicone breast implant ruptures and allows the silicone to spread in the upper chest area of the body. A slow leak is hard to detect. The FDA recommends that women with silicone breast implants have an MRI three years after the surgery, and every two years after that. The FDA considers the MRI to be the way to detect the small leaks that are not easily noticeable. This recommendation implies that silicone implants pose a risk that needs to be monitored. If the implant is leaking or has ruptured, then it must be removed. Silicone implants require a larger incision because they are filled with the silicone before they are implanted.
The saline breast implant is filled with saline water or sterile water. Although the outer shell is made of silicone, there is very little concern if it ruptures. The body will absorb the saline water, and the shell does not have to be removed. The surgical procedure for saline implants requires a smaller incision that could arguably be a safer procedure. Once the silicone shell is in place, it is filled with the saline solution by a syringe. However, the techniques for both types of implants have been proven to be very safe. One advantage of the saline implant is that the saline solution can be easily added or removed to change the shape of the breasts.
Dr. Sillins of Rejuvene will work with the patient and recommend the best type of implant based on the patient’s body type and current size and shape of their breasts. Dr. Sillins will explain any risks that may occur with one implant over another one.
The Cincinnati Breast Enhancement Specialists
If you have been considering a plastic surgery procedure like breast enhancement, please contact Dr. Deborah Sillins of Rejuvene, with offices in Cincinnati Ohio and Hebron Kentucky, to set up a consultation.