Our experienced Dallas breast surgeon Dr. Rai offers both silicone and saline breast implants for breast augmentation. Each type of breast implant comes with its own set of advantages and drawbacks. In most cases, Dr. Rai recommends silicone implants because of their more natural look and feel, but he will discuss all of your options with you in detail during a personal consultation. Read more about silicone gel implants and cohesive gel breast implants.
Breast Implant History
Both silicone and saline breast implants have been in use since the 1960s. Up until 1992, the majority of breast augmentations were performed with silicone gel implants. All of a sudden, in 1992, the FDA restricted silicone breast implants to breast reconstruction procedures only, and took them off the market for cosmetic procedures while intensive research was performed to determine silicone’s safety.
Media claims of alleged diseases resulting from silicone implant leaks prompted the studies, but after 14 years of research, zero links were found between silicone implants and any systemic diseases. In November 2006, the FDA re-approved silicone breast implants for cosmetic use. Modern silicone gel breast implants in the United States are manufactured by two California companies:
- Allergan (also called Inamed/McGhan)
- Mentor Corporation
Both companies worked with the FDA on silicone research for the 14 years that the implants were under scrutiny.
Breast Implant Size
Breast implants are available in a wide range of sizes with pre-filled silicone gel, or for saline fill during the breast augmentation surgery. They are available in different styles of projection, including Low Profile, Medium Profile or High Profile.
Learn more about Breast Implant Size.
Breast Implant Texture
The outer surface of a breast implant can be smooth or textured. Both saline and silicone implants are available with either texture. The outer shell is made of a synthetic material called Silastic. Silastic is biochemically inert and does not cause foreign body reaction. This is actually an elastomer of smooth silicone sheeting, which is used to make the outer shell.
Breast Implant Shapes
In addition to different sizes, there are also variations in the shape of breast implants. The breast implant can be a round or teardrop shape. The teardrop shape is sometimes referred to as an “anatomical” implant. Adjustable breast implants are also available; these implants can be adjusted in volume even after the initial implantation. Adjustable implants are used only in certain unique situations.
If you live in the Dallas area of Texas and are considering breast augmentation, please contact The Cosmetic Surgical Center today or call us at 972-392-3511 (or toll-free 1-800-558-7355) to schedule your initial consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rai.