Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants were approved for general use in December of 2006. Our surgeons do utilize silicone breast implants, and have extensive experience with them. Silicone breast implants are not for everyone. These implants have benefits and risks as well.

In general silicone breast implants provide a softer feel. They also tend to wrinkle less than a saline implant. Compare saline and silicone implants.

The problem with silicone implants are that deflations of the implant are difficult to detect. Should a silicone breast implant deflate, the silicone stays in the area of the breast. Over time silicone can migrate into the breast or surrounding areas.

Health problems from silicone are controversial, but our surgeons believe that current scientific evidence does not suggest that silicone is a health problem. Silicone can cause some local problems in the breast should it leak from the implant. Scar tissue can form or granulomas (firm collections of silicone) can form, which can detract from how the breast feels or mimic breast cancer. These problems are rare, and usually found when silicone has freely leaked for some time.

Silicone implant leakage can be difficult to diagnose. Patients and doctors usually cannot feel when a silicone implant leaks. Mammograms do not detect silicone implant leaks very readily. The only method to detect silicone implant leaks is with a test called a MRI. The FDA has recommended that women with silicone implants undergo an evaluation with an MRI every two years. This is not necessary with a saline implant leak because the saline is harmlessly absorbed. Deflations are obvious because as the saline is absorbed the breast looses volume.

Comparison Chart of Saline and Silicone Implants