Irvine Plastic surgeon compares Silicone and Saline Implants
In a previous article we referred to the annual ASPS statistics regarding plastic surgery for 2013. These stats showed that silicone implants were used in an impressive 72% of breast augmentation procedures while only 28% used saline implants. Now, Dr. Andrew Smith, an Irvine board certified plastic surgeon specialized in Breast Augmentation, explains the reasons behind this powerful trend.
According to Dr. Smith the main advantage of Silicone implants is that these implants succeeded to look natural while at the same moment they present much less complications comparing to the past! Dr. Smith states “Since being reapproved by the FDA in 2006, silicone implants have consistently improved year after year,” and adds “Today’s anatomically shaped cohesive gel models look and feel more natural than ever, which has swayed a lot of women who may have been unsure about getting implants in the past.”
But why 28% of the patients opt for saline implants! The main advantage of Saline Implants lies in the fact that IF a silicone implant gets raptured it must be removed while saline implants can be simply absorbed by the body. At the same moment saline implants are allowed for 18 year-old patients which gives them another benefit. Dr. Smith says “Although silicone implants are more popular, saline implants still have a place in the conversation,” he says. “Saline implants are approved for patients as young as 18, so they tend to be popular with younger women. And they’re better suited to patients who have good existing tissue coverage.”
Like with everything else in cosmetics/plastic surgery choice depends on the patient’s requirements. We at LipoAdvisor.com believe that safety should be top priority while aesthetic result, cost and other paremeters should be seriously evaluated.
PS: Dr. Galumbeck had recently published a detailed comparison on these types of implants – find it here!