There are two types of breast implants currently available in the United States – saline filled implants and silicone gel filled implants. Silicone implants have a solid silicone shell and are filled with silicone gel. They are filled and sealed at the factory, and their fill volume cannot be adjusted at the time of surgery. They are generally felt to provide a “feel” that is very similar to that of breast tissue. Although concerns about negative health effects of silicone implants were raised in the 1990’s, they were proved to be safe in large institutional studies. Silicone implants were approved by the FDA for widespread use in 2006.
When Dr. Weider places a silicone gel filled implant, he uses a device called a Keller Funnel. The Keller Funnel provides two main benefits for the patient. It allows for a no touch technique. This means that the implant does not touch the surgeon’s hands or the patient’s skin. This reduces the risk of infection as well as the risk of capsular contracture. In addition, the funnel allows Dr. Weider to use a very small incision to place the implants.
Additional Advantages of Silicone Gel Implants
The main advantage of silicone implants is that they are very similar in consistency to breast tissue. Therefore, they have a softer, more natural feel and often times a more natural appearance as well. This is especially important in women with minimal breast tissue coverage over the implants. They also have a slightly lower leakage rate than saline implants.
Disadvantages of Silicone Implants
If a silicone implant develops a leak, it is likely that you will not be aware of it, as the size probably won’t change. Therefore, an MRI may be necessary to detect a leak. This is why the FDA recommends that women with silicone implants have an MRI done every few years to check for otherwise undetected leaks. Silicone implants are also more expensive than saline implants.
During you consultation, Dr. Weider will help you make a decision as to which implant is best for you. Give Weider Plastic Surgery a call today at 972.566.8444 to set up your personal consultation.