Saline Vs. Silicone - Beverly Hills Breast Implants

Breast augmentation and enhancement is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. There are various reasons for women to choose a breast augmentation procedure. The number one reason for a breast augmentation is the desire to have larger, fuller, more youthful breasts. There are many changes that occur to the female breasts after pregnancy and child birth, this is commonly called post-partum atrophy. Genetics can also play a major role in breast fullness, size, firmness and placement.  Other changes that can occur such as weight loss, breast asymmetry, preferred clothing choice, and after mastectomy for reconstruction are influential in the choice to undergo breast surgery. Self confidence is a huge part of feeling beautiful, when you have the breasts you’ve been dreaming of that confidence can sky rocket.

What is a  Breast Implant – Mammary Prosthesis?

Breast augmentation is a procedure that has been performed for over a hundred years. Various methods and material haven used and been experimented since the late 1800s’s including: paraffin, ivory, glass balls, ground rubber, Dicora, polyethylene, polyvinyl, polyether,  polyester (polyurethane foam sponge) prosthesis, including silicone injections. Currently even various creams and medications have been used in attempts to increase bust size. Since the 1960’s breast augmentation has been performed with an insertion of an implant. The breast implant is a bag made of a silicone rubber shell and is filled with saline – salt water or silicone gel.

Beverly Hills Saline Breast Implant

Beverly Hills Saline Breast Implant

The saline breast implant is a bag made of a silicone rubber shell and is filled with saline – salt water or silicone gel. The human body is essentially 60% salt water. Therefore, if the saline implant leaks, the salt water solution is absorbed and excreted. This will lead to an obvious asymmetry, since it usually occurs on one side. This can be easily corrected with a breast implant replacement surgery.

In June of 2000, The FDA approved the saline implants as safe devices. The implant manufacturers’ clinical testing,  showed that implants still have some risks such as:  deflation or leakage, which was approximately 2% per year.

Other risks associated with breast implants include; capsular contractor (hardening of the scar tissue around the implant), pain, bleeding, infection, swelling, loss of nipple sensation, asymmetry and rippling or wrinkling. The main disadvantage of saline implants is that patient may feel their implants, and rippling especially in thin women. Currently, more than 95% of implants placed in the US are saline filled prosthesis.

Beverly Hills Silicone Breast Implant

Beverly Hills Silicone Breast Implant

In 1992, the FDA restricted the use of silicone filled breast implants due concern that there may be a link between these implants and connective tissue disorders scleroderma, Lupus,  rheumatoid arthritis and even cancer.  After 15 years of studies by both the FDA and implant manufacturers,  the  Silicone Gel breast implants were approved for women 22 years and older. None of the studies performed showed any direct link between the silicone implants and connective tissue disorders or cancer.

On November 17, 2006, the FDA lifted its restrictions on the use of silicone gel-filled breast implants produced by the two manufacturers for breast reconstruction and for cosmetic breast augmentation. The approval was given with a number of conditions including a requirement to complete 10-year studies on women who have already received the implants. The implants are not without risk and that women receiving implants should to have periodic MRI exams to watch for any signs of rupture or leakage. Currently the FDA has approved silicone gel-filled breast implants and over a million women around the world have already received these implants

To discuss whether breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants is the right choice for you, please call 310-652-4500 today for your initial consultation with Dr. David Mashhadian. Rodeo Surgical Art proudly serves breast surgery patients from Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and surrounding California communities.


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