Many people still believe that saline breast implants are a safer choice over silicone, but in many cases this belief is based on old information about outdated implant technology.
Now that highly-cohesive silicone gel implants (AKA Gummy Bear Implants) are FDA-approved for cosmetic breast augmentations, comparing saline to silicone is like comparing apples to oranges. When silicone implants were made with a liquid silicone core in the 1970’s, leaks were a real concern, and it made sense that perhaps a saline implant might be a better choice.
Nowadays, the majority of silicone breast implants are manufactured with a highly-cohesive silicone gel core, and therefore leaks are essentially a thing of the past. Because of this, the choice between saline and silicone has become much more straightforward. The gel core in the newest generation silicone implants is “cohesive” which means that it sticks to itself and does not travel away from its own silicone core. The above video shows a highly-cohesive gel implant that has been physically cut in half with a scalpel. As you can see, the silicone gel is a solid gel that doesn’t leak out of the implant shell even when the shell has been cut. And even though this gel is a solid, it is still incredibly soft so this implant feels very natural after surgery.
If you have any questions about breast implants or breast augmentation, or if you would like to schedule a consultation and see a few sample implants in our office, feel free to give us a call at 917-703-7069, or send us a message through our website by clicking here.Nicholas Vendemia, M.D. Plastic Surgeon New York
Photo Credit: Manhattan Aesthetic Surgery LLC