Silicone gel breast implants are increasingly the implant of choice by women seeking breast enhancement.
According to statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, when silicone breast implants returned to the market in 2006, 19% of breast augmentation procedures used silicone implants. In 2012, 72% of breast augmentation procedures in the United States used silicone gel implants, with only 28% using saline.
Now, with nearly 287,000 augmentation procedures performed in 2014, 80 percent involved silicone. The amount of silicone implants for the years since 2014 have not yet been published, but the number of silicone implants to be performed by Dr. Gray
Silicone is closer in texture to actual breast tissue, so silicone breast implants tend to have a more natural feel and tend to move in a more natural way.
Saline breast implants are prone to rippling, causing wavy indentations to appear along the bottom of the breast. This rippling effect is much less likely to occur with silicone breast implants. Dr. Lawrence N. Gray or Dr. Heidi Harrington will be happy to explain the advantages and disadvantages of silicone breast implants.
When the FDA halted the use of silicone breast implants in 1992, it was not due to any proven dangers associated with them. It was simply due to a lack of information about their safety. There was some suggestion that, in the rare case of a leaking implant, silicone gel was linked to a variety of medical problems. Silicone gel implants have now been studied for over two decades since the FDA called for a suspension of their use, and researchers have still found no link between health problems and silicone breast implants. In fact, over 90% of breast implants world wide are silicone implants. Silicone implants have been used safely throughout the world for 40 years.
Breast implants are available in a range of profiles, sizes, shapes, and textures to create a variety of looks. A breast implant profile tells you the distance the implant will project from your body. A higher profile breast implant will give you a more prominent silhouette than a lower profile breast implant. Choosing the right size implant is generally the most important decision a woman and her surgeon will make. For an accurate, in-person visualization of how different implant sizes will affect your shape, a consultation with Dr. Lawrence Gray or Dr. Heidi Harrington using the Axis 3 breast imager is an amazing tool. The imager will show you what you will look like using different implants or sizes.
Breast Implant Types
Breast implants are available in a range of profiles, sizes, shapes, and textures to create a variety of looks. Dr. Gray and Dr. Harrington will work closely with you to select the right implant for your body, whether you choose saline or silicone gel implants.
Shaped Breast Implants
Tear drop shaped implants or anatomical breast implants, or create a very natural looking breast shape. Shaped implants are contoured to recreate the outline of a mature breast with a pleasing amount of breast tissue.
The classic round shaped breast implant is designed to create a soft, round look with a fuller upper breast contour. The round shape will deliver a look with more upper breast fullness than a tear drop shaped implant.
Saline breast implants are filled with a salt water solution similar to the saline found throughout your body. Saline implants feel firmer that gel implants due to the liquid filling. Styles include low, moderate and high profiles. Saline implants are available with a smooth or textured surface.