Silicone Breast Implants: The Pros and Cons That You Should Consider By tmccall on June 16, 2014

Silicone Breast Implants: The Pros and Cons That You Should ConsiderIf you would like to make a dramatic difference with regard to your appearance, it's important to consider undergoing cosmetic surgery. A procedure such as breast augmentation surgery can make a major impact in terms of your overall body contour and appearance, making you look curvier and more effeminate in the process. A plastic surgeon will provide you will detailed information on breast augmentation surgery so that you can determine if it is the ideal option for you and your needs.

Right now, we would like to go over the basics of silicone breast implants. By covering the pros and cons of these kinds of breast implants, you can determine if they are a worthwhile option for you and your body contouring and breast enhancement needs.

About Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone implants are commonly used when surgeons perform breast augmentation surgery. These kinds of breast implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a silicone gel, allowing for exceptional aesthetics and texture.

For several years, silicone breast implants were taken off the market in the United States, but they were eventually approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006 after extensive medical trials for safety.

The Pros of Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants offer the most natural results of any kinds of breast implants available today. In terms of their general appearance, silicone breast implants look and act more like natural breast tissue, and any rippling of the implant shell beneath the skin is generally not noticeable.

Silicone breast implants also offer a number of advantages with regard to their texture as well. Not only is their appearance natural, but the overall feel of these implants is far more natural a more like an actual breast.

The Cons of Silicone Breast Implants

One of the cons of silicone breast implants is that they can pose a health risk following a rupture or leak. This causes the breast implant to deflate and the silicone gel to enter the patient's own system. It's important that implant ruptures be reported as soon as possible so the issue can be addressed right away.

Apart from the leakage risk, silicone breast implants can only be placed via incisions on the breast itself simply given the nature of the implant's composition. These incisions (located around the areola or along the underside crease of the breast) are generally well-hidden, however, and surgeons work to ensure that they are as small as possible.

Alternatives to Silicone Breast Implants

The most common alternative to silicone breast implants are saline breast implants. These kinds of implants consist of a silicone shell filled with saline solution. They are safer than silicone breast implants should a rupture occur, and they offer more versatility with incisions not on the breasts themselves. That said, saline breast implants generally do not offer results that are as natural in appearance or texture as silicone breast implants.

Weighing All of Your Options for Breast Enlargement and Enhancement

During your consultation, we will be more than happy to go over all of your options for breast enlargement and enhancement. We will make sure that all of the pros and cons are provided so that you can make the best possible decisions about your appearance.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation Surgery

If you would like more information about silicone breast implants as well as your many other options for advanced body shaping and sculpting, we encourage you to contact our Waukesha, Wisconsin cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Tracy McCall and her entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the very best results while also making choices with which you can feel absolutely confident.

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