Types of Breast Implants

Published on July 8, 2009 by Brian Joseph

Until recently, saline implants were the only options for women who wanted to enlarge or reconstruct their breasts. In the early 1990s the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned silicone implants because of the potential risks associated with undetected ruptures and other health problem concerns.

But now, thanks to the FDA’s November 2006 approval, women again have the option to choose silicone. After extensive research, the FDA determined that silicone implants are safe and effective.

At Park Avenue Plastic Surgery in the Orlando area, we are proud to offer both silicone and saline implants to our patients. Dr. Brian Joseph will gladly discuss the advantages and disadvantages of silicone and saline implants, giving patients all of the information necessary to make an informed decision.

Silicone Implants

Silicone-filled implants have a very natural look and feel. However, implant ruptures are difficult to detect because the breast will not immediately deflate. The body can begin to form scar tissue around the silicone material, causing further pain or discomfort.
Saline Implants

Implants filled with sterile saline (much like saltwater) can also be very aesthetically pleasing. A saline implant rupture is quickly evident, as the saline is absorbed back into the body and the breast deflates. One complication, rippling, is often more common with saline.

Breast augmentation can alter the way a woman feels about herself. Dr. Joseph is committed to expertly performing this procedure to help women achieve the bodies they desire. For a free breast enlargement consultation, please contact our office today.

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