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Silicone Breast Implants

If you’ve chosen to enjoy the benefits of breast augmentation, one of the most important decisions you will make is whether to receive silicone or saline breast implants.

Filled with a cohesive silicone gel that provides a natural look and feel, silicone breast implants are the preferred option for many women who undergo breast augmentation. During your breast enhancement consultation at Florida Plastic Surgery Group, our plastic surgeons will discuss the differences between silicone and saline breast implants to help you select the best option for your body type and aesthetic goals.

Modern Silicone Breast Implants

Some women have concerns regarding the safety of silicone breast implants since silicone implants were temporarily removed from the market in 1992. However, after additional testing and studies showed no connection between silicone breast implants and disease, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved silicone breast implants as a safe breast augmentation option in 2006 for women age 22 and older.

During the span in which silicone breast implants were not available, a number of improvements were made to their design and durability. Today’s silicone breast implants feature a soft yet strong silicone shell that holds a thick gel that replicates the feel of natural breast tissue as opposed to the more liquid gels used in the past.

Benefits of Silicone Breast Implants

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Although silicone breast implants can be used in almost every breast augmentation procedure, they are especially well-suited to women who are thinner or have petite frames.

Silicone breast implants generally offer a number of benefits over saline breast implants, including:

  • Silicone breast implants are less likely to wrinkle, ripple, or fold
  • The edges of silicone breast implants are less palpable
  • Silicone breast implants typically feel softer and more natural
  • Silicone breast implants tend to be more durable and are less prone to leak or rupture

Depending on your individual body type and desired results, silicone breast implants can also provide more flexibility in choosing your breast contour and profile. For additional information about silicone and saline breast implants, please visit our Questions About Breast Implants page.

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation and your breast implant options, please contact the Florida Plastic Surgery Group for consultation with one of our plastic surgeons.

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