A Supple, Natural Feel
Dr. Stephen Greenberg provides silicone breast implants at his practice. Many women choose silicone implants because they provide the feel and appearance of natural breast tissue. Breast augmentation and breast reconstruction are procedures that can have a profound effect on a woman’s figure, clothing options, and self-esteem. The kind of breast implant chosen for breast augmentation is central to the outcome, so it is very important to understand the unique attributes of silicone, saline, and the new gummy bear implants. To learn more about silicone implants and how they can help you achieve the bust line you desire, please contact our offices today.
History of Silicone Implants
The first silicone breast implant was developed in 1963. Over the years, the design has been refined to create a very realistic feel and shape, reduce the risk of rupture, and achieve other improvements. General use of silicone implants came to a widespread, but temporary, halt in 1992 when the Food and Drug Administration voiced concerns over their safety. However, the FDA rescinded its moratorium in 2006, after several of the studies that prompted the original health concerns were discredited.
Anatomy of a Silicone Breast Implant
All varieties of breast implants contain at least some silicone, which makes up the pliable outer shell. Strictly speaking, a silicone implant refers to an implant that contains a sticky, thick silicone gel that is designed to feel like natural breast tissue and achieve a natural-looking outward appearance. Silicone implants are available in a range of sizes, and may be either round or teardrop-shaped. They are often textured to reduce the risk of shifting within the breast pocket.
Silicone Implant Benefits
Silicone breast implants provide what many women believe is the most natural feel and appearance. The consistency of the saline gel presses outward, preventing the “rippling” effect that can occur with saline implants. This characteristic makes silicone implants an excellent choice for thin women or women who wish to undergo breast reconstruction.
No implants are expected to last forever. When a silicone implant ruptures, it can go unnoticed for a long time. Scar tissue naturally forms around a breast implant, creating a capsule that holds it in place. Following a rupture, the silicone gel will simply stay within the capsule, and may not effect the outward appearance of the breast right away. In addition, while you should never compromise your plastic surgery goals for the purpose of saving money, it is also important to note that silicone breast implants usually cost more than saline breast implants.
Learn More about Silicone Breast Implants
The key to achieving the greatest satisfaction possible through plastic surgery is to fully understand your options and match them to your personal goals. If you are considering breast augmentation, Dr. Greenberg will take ample time to explain your options so that the bust line you desire can become a beautiful reality. To learn more about silicone implants and other varieties, please contact us today.