Lately I’ve had several patients interested in breast augmentation come into my Seattle-area office with questions about the newest FDA-approved silicone breast implants: the MENTOR® MemoryShape™ Breast Implants and the NATRELLE® 410 Anatomically Shaped Breast Implants. These implants offer numerous benefits, but that doesn’t mean they’re right for everyone.
Considerations Before Choosing Silicone
The FDA has approved silicone implants for women age 22 and older, and the agency recommends regular MRI screenings to check for rupture. Also keep in mind, silicone implants require larger incisions than saline.
Advantages of Silicone
Silicone implants look and feel more natural, and they are sometimes a better option for certain body types, such as an athletic build.
Specifically, the MemoryShape and NATRELLE 410 implants mimic natural breast shape. They also have a textured shell, which has been shown in trials to reduce the risk of tissue hardening around the implant. Should a rupture occur, they don’t leak, and independent studies have proven silicone to be safe.
Seek a Qualified Surgeon
Consult an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Such a physician can help you understand your breast implant options and guide you to a solution that works for your goals and body.