Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants in Los Angeles
There are two types of breast augmentation procedures: breast reconstruction procedures and cosmetic
breast enhancement procedures.
Breast reconstruction procedures are plastic surgery procedures designed to rebuild the shape and form of
a breast after a mastectomy. A mastectomy is the partial or complete removal of either one or both
breasts. A mastectomy is a necessary surgical procedure in the case of breast cancer- usually when a
cancerous growth has formed, and other times, for patients at high-risk of breast cancer, to prevent breast
Although there were over 96,000 breast reconstruction procedures performed in 2011 according to the
American Society of Plastic Surgeons- the great majority of breast augmentation procedures are cosmetic
breast enhancement procedures, with over 300,000 procedures performed in 2011, according to statistics
released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Cosmetic breast enhancement procedures
are voluntary breast augmentation procedures designed to augment the shape, form, and feel of a patient’s
breast, solely for aesthetic reasons.
For both types of breast augmentations- breast reconstruction and
cosmetic breast enhancement- cosmetic surgeons utilize two different
types of breast implants in Los Angeles: the silicone implant and the
saline implants. The silicone implant is an implant made of a silicone
shell pre-filled with a silicone gel. The saline implant is an implant
made of a silicone shell that is filled with a sterile salt water solution,
or as it is formally known, a saline solution, at the time of the
When it comes to breast augmentation procedures, silicone implants
have tended to get a bad rap in the past. Although they were known to
look and feel more like real breast tissue when compared to saline
implants, they also were known to have higher rates of risks and
complications when compared to saline implants. This was due to the
fact that silicone wouldn’t begin to leak right away and show visible
indications of leakage during a rupture like saline. A silicone rupture could go unnoticed for a while,
trapping the silicone between fibrous tissues, potentially causing growths to appear.
However, it has been shown through several recent studies that the presence of leaked silicone gel in the
body does not cause the long-term health effects, such as cancer or reproductive issues, that have be
purported by the mass media.
Modern medical technology these days have engineered breast implants in such a way that the chance of
rupture, with either silicone implants and saline implants, is very minimal and similar to each other. Also,
both types of implants- silicone and saline- have the ability to produce incredibly similar results in terms
of look and feel of the breast. In essence, for breast augmentation in Los Angeles nowadays, the choice
between saline implants and silicone implants is a matter of personal preference.
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