We offer both saline and silicone implants. However, 95% of our patients desire silicone implants. They both have their merits, but we find that there is more chance of rippling with saline implants, which is why we prefer silicone. Further, silicone implants are more natural feeling than saline.
At Cosmetic Surgery Associates, with offices in Bethesda, Maryland, and McLean, Virginia, Dr. Franklin Richards, M.D., Dr. Dean Jabs, M.D., and Keshav Magge, M.D. have years of extensive experience working with silicone implants, and will work with you to ensure that you select the perfect size and type of implant to achieve the results you desire.
What are Silicone Implants?
Silicone implants come pre-filled with silicone gel, a dense gel that closely simulates the texture and feeling of human breast tissue. Implant insertion techniques have improved so breast augmentation using silicone implants use a small incision, similar to augmentation with saline implants.
The use of silicone implants in breast augmentation and reconstructive surgeries has continued to rise over the past six years. In 2012, 62% of the breast-augmentation procedures performed in America utilized silicone implants. Many surgeons and patients believe that silicone implants are the most authentic type of implant, and that silicone implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue than saline implants.
The majority of silicone implants today have three layers of shell surrounding the silicone gel, in order to decrease the amount of potential gel bleeding. In recent years, breast augmentation technology has made significant advances, and silicone implants are now less likely to rupture or leak. Silicone implants have a range of widths (smaller implants are generally narrower) and a volume (size) range of 175cc (cubic centimeters) to 800cc.