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Saline Breast Implants Surge in Popularity over Silicone

December 19th, 2023

Ease of saline replaced implants

Saline Breast Implants Surge in Popularity over Silicone.                         Breast implants don’t last a lifetime. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, manufactures and the FDA recommend that people with all silicone gel breast implants have them replaced every 10 years. Many of my patients with silicone breast implants are choosing to have them replaced with the newer style of saline (or basically salt water) implants and are citing safety concerns. The results with current saline implants are indistinguishable from the once preferred silicone implants and there is less concern about safety and breast-feeding. One of the main benefits is that saline or salt water is not harmful and should it break or leak, the saline is simply absorbed, making replacement easy.

The replacement procedure is quite a simple surgery, I usually do under local anesthesia with light sedation. Implant sizing is also easier to adjust to the patient’s desired result. Patients report very little discomfort in recovery and say that they feel better that the silicone has been removed. Results with the new saline implants have a natural feel and appearance, contributing to the majority of my patients choosing saline implants for their primary breast augmentation or for patients that have old silicone implants being replaced. While silicone implants are still a choice, the safety and ease of opting for saline seems to be the trend in my practice.

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