Breast Implant Options

Silicone implants

Silicone breast implants are once again approved by the FDA for use in breast augmentation surgery. For study purposes, silicone implants were pulled from the United States market for more than ten years, but they were always used in Canada and Europe without interruption. Perfectly safe devices, today’s silicone breast implants are far better than their predecessors. Current implants have thicker and more durable outer shells, more resistant to leakage or rupture. The silicone inside today’s implant is thicker and more cohesive, far less likely to migrate in case of leakage or rupture. Although they do not deflate the way saline implants can, an MRI is sometimes necessary to detect a problem with silicone implants, unless physical exam findings are obvious. However, since no implant lasts forever, patients should understand that their implants will need to be removed or replaced at some point in their lives.

Most patients find that silicone breast implants feel softer and more natural than saline implants, but their appearance can be very similar with either type of implant. Silicone breast implants arrive prefilled from the manufacturer and their volume cannot be altered by the surgeon. As a result, these implants require a slightly longer incision for placement. Although silicone breast implants cost more than saline implants, many patients find their natural feel advantage to be well worth the added cost. And just like with saline products, silicone implant manufacturers offer both a free limited warranty and a free lifetime replacement warranty in case their products are defective in any way. During your consultation with Dr. Braithwaite or Dr. Cobbins, you can select from the full range of implant options and they will help guide you through your choices.

Saline implants

Saline breast implants are very safe devices and are approved by the FDA for use in breast augmentation. Saline implants arrive unfilled from the manufacturer and the doctor fills them with a sterile saltwater solution during the procedure. One advantage to their unfilled state is that Dr. Braithwaite or Dr. Cobbins can position these implants using somewhat smaller incisions than those required for silicone implants. Another advantage is that additional fluid can be added to one or both sides during surgery, a useful tactic for patients with asymmetry of size or projection. Saline implants also cost less than silicone implants.

Although many patients find that saline implants feel more firm and less natural than silicone implants, breast appearance can be very similar with either type of implant. With saline implants there is no concern about silicone implant rupture in aging implants; instead, old saline implants tend to deflate quickly when they develop even the smallest hole and the saltwater solution is harmlessly absorbed by the body. Since no implant lasts forever, patients should understand that their implants will need to be removed or replaced at some point in their lives. And just like with silicone products, saline implant manufacturers offer both a free limited warranty and a free lifetime replacement warranty in case their products are defective in any way. During your consultation with Dr. Braithwaite or Dr. Cobbins, you can select from the full range of implant options and they will help guide you through your choices.

If you would like to schedule a consultation for a breast augmentation with implants at our Chicago plastic surgery practice please contact us via email or call (312) 361-8108 today!

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The Aesthetic Institute of Chicago

Brian M. Braithwaite, M.D.
Lorri Cobbins, M.D.

601 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60661

Phone: (312) 361-8108