About Silicone Breast Implants

Soft and natural feeling, silicone breast implants are a popular option for a lot of our Little Rock breast augmentation patients. You can choose from a number of sizes and profiles of the popular round silicone MemoryGel implants, as well multiple sizes for MENTOR’s MemoryShape “gummy bear” shaped implants. Dr. Branman has extensive experience with both of these options, and can guide you in your decision.

Do silicone breast implants look more natural than saline?

The main difference between silicone and saline breast implants is the material used to fill the breast implant shell. All breast implants are made out of a silicone outer shell. Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution, while silicone breast implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel.

What this means for you is a slightly different feel and sizing precision between the two. Saline implants feel firmer and can be filled to a very precise amount during breast augmentation, while silicone gel is softer and comes pre-filled in the size & profile you choose before surgery. Ultimately, a natural looking breast augmentation comes down to your goals and your cosmetic surgeon’s skill and experience. Dr. Branman’s patients who are good candidates for and who choose saline are by and large very happy with their results; those who choose silicone feel the same.

Benefits of silicone gel breast implants

One of the biggest benefits of silicone breast implants over saline breast implants is the look and feel of the breast implant after they have been placed. Many people agree that silicone breast implants are softer and feel more natural than saline breast implants.

Another benefit of silicone breast implants is the reduced risk of postoperative complications, such as rippling. Since the cohesive silicone gel used in the implants is thicker, is it less likely to slosh around, resulting in fewer cases of rippling after the breast implants have been placed. This is more of an issue for patients with less existing breast tissue to cover the implant, so if you have thinner skin or breast tissue, you typically will be happier with silicone.

Are silicone breast implants safe?

During the 1990s, the FDA banned silicone breast implants because they were believed to cause various Connective Tissue Disorders (CTDs). In 2006, after years of rigorous testing and numerous studies, the FDA approved the latest generation of highly cohesive silicone implants as a safe and effective option for breast augmentation surgery.

Today, over a decade later, you have more options than ever in soft, natural-feeling silicone gel implants.  Newer anatomically shaped options, known as “gummy bear” implants, offer patients who prefer a more sloping breast shape with a durable silicone implant that holds its shape.

Can silicone implants rupture?

While implant rupture is rare (it affects less than 10% of primary implant patients during the first 10 years), both saline and silicone implants carry the risk of rupturing. If a rupture does occur, the silicone in modern silicone implants is almost always contained in the breast implant pocket (also called a “capsule”) due to its thick gel consistency. Because most patients do not experience any symptoms in the event of a silent rupture, it is important to have routine MRI screenings conducted to ensure your implants are healthy and intact. Furthermore, studies show that rupture risk begins to rise more quickly after a patient’s first 10 years of augmentation, which is why we recommend that patients schedule follow-up visits with Dr. Branman every 1-2 years and consider replacing their breast implants about every 10-15 years.

Schedule your Little Rock breast implant consultation with Dr. Branman

Take the next step in exploring your breast implant options with Little Rock cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rhys Branman. Dr. Branman and his experienced staff can help you choose the right type, size, and shape of breast implants to exceed your goals and needs during a breast augmentation consultation. Schedule yours online or call our office: (501) 227-0707.

For more information, contact us online or simply call the office at 501-227-0707 to schedule a consultation.