New statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® confirm that the trend I’ve seen of more women choosing silicone breast implants at my Toledo, Ohio, practice reflects a national shift. The 2013 data show 72% of breast augmentation patients nationwide selected silicone implants instead of saline. Cohesive gel implants are now produced by the 3 major implant manufacturers in the U.S. as women signal they prefer the look and feel of silicone compared with saline.
Although the silicone gel implants are relatively new to American women, they have been used consistently in more than 60 other countries for more than 30 years. The latest generation of silicone implants can be either round or teardrop-shaped and are often referred to as “gummy bear” implants because, unlike saline implants, they hold their form even when ruptured.
I offer silicone gel implants made by Mentor®, Allergan, and Sientra®, and may patients have achieved beautiful results with all styles.
While the silicone implants are now more popular, saline implants remain an excellent option for many women. Saline implants are empty when inserted, then gradually filled until they reach the size that meets a patient’s cosmetic goal. The best way to determine if saline or silicone implants are a better choice is for a patient considering breast augmentation to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.