For any breast procedure requiring the placement of breast implants, my patients are offered the option of using either silicone or saline implants. This would include women who are considering breast augmentation, breast lift with implants, breast implant exchange and breast reconstruction. I thoroughly discuss with them all the important and relevant information about these two types of implants such as appearance, feel, durability, aesthetics, rupture, risks and possible areas of concern. They also are able to touch and closely examine both the silicone and saline implants.
What have I found is the overwhelming majority of my patients select the silicone implants for both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures and they definitely don’t regret the choice. The aesthetic results and much higher level of satisfaction irrefutably support the substantially greater superiority of silicone implants as compared to the saline ones. This is true for both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. In my practice it is quite rare now for a woman to opt for saline implants and when they do it is virtually always because they cost $1,000 less a pair which then makes the cosmetic surgery affordable.
This finding is consistent with the medical literature including research just published in the November issue of “Cancer”. This multicenter study examined and analyzed the responses obtained from 672 women who had post-mastectomy (for breast cancer) breast reconstruction utilizing either silicone or saline implants. The results revealed a statistically significant greater level of satisfaction in women who chose the silicone breast implants for their reconstruction as opposed to the saline ones.
So, if you are interesting in pursuing either a cosmetic or reconstructive breast procedure that involves the usage of breast implants and were initially leaning toward saline implants you may want to strongly reconsider.
For additional information on silicone or saline breast implants, breast augmentation, breast reconstruction or for any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform or to schedule a consultation, please call my office at 480-451-3000.
Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona