When placed in the body, the silicone gel is impacted by gravity in the same way as the rest of the body. This gives silicone implants the ability to blend in seamlessly with the body (when implanted by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Schusterman).
The number one reason women choose silicone breast implants is that they say they look and feel more like real breasts than saline implants. While saline implants are traditionally rounder and firmer, silicone implants can be sculpted to mirror a woman’s natural breast shape, and feel more like natural breast tissue. This “teardrop” shape means that a skilled surgeon can make the implants disappear into the body in a way that makes the implant practically undetectable to the untrained eye.
Also, saline breast implants can sometimes feel like water is sloshing back and forth in the body (a process known as “rippling”). Silicone gel responds to gravity just like ordinary breast tissue. “Gummy bear” silicone implants further improve upon this development by being filled with a less viscous type of silicone that resembles the inside of a gummy bear (hence the name).
While some women prefer the feel of silicone, others prefer saline. It really does depend on your personal preference. To read more about why you might prefer saline implants to silicone, bookmark our saline implants page.
As you begin to research your breast augmentation surgery, you will be asked to make several choices that will ultimately define the final look of your procedure. The choice of silicone vs. saline is probably the most famous but is hardly the only decision to make when coming up with your ideal procedure.
Dr. Mark Schusterman has been doing breast implant surgeries for nearly four decades. He is a leading innovator in the field and a double board-certified surgeon.
As part of your consultation, he will go through the choice between saline and silicone with you, as well as the other options available to you regarding breast augmentation.
Silicone breast implants have had a tumultuous history with regards to safety. In 1994, the FDA banned silicone breast implants after multiple lawsuits regarding women having medical issues following ruptured implants. In 2006, the FDA reversed that decision, and several new and rigorously tested silicone breast implant styles returned to the market.
Today, roughly half of the breast implant surgeries performed each year are silicone breast implants. However, because of this history, the FDA has ruled that patients must be at least 22 years of age to opt for silicone breast implants.
While newly revamped silicone breast implants have reduced the risk of rupture, it is still the number one health risk associated with breast implants. On average, implants rupture after about 15 years of being in the body.
If a rupture happens with a silicone implant, the silicone gel is released into the body. If left untreated, this could cause a number of health problems, including painful cysts, to develop. The breast size may change as well.
If a silicone breast implant ruptures, you will have to undergo surgery to have it removed, along with any silicone that has hardened in the breast tissue. During the surgery, you can choose to have a new implant put in to replace the old one.
Recently, some reports have come out that correlate silicone breast implants with a rare blood cancer called Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL). The reports indicated that more than 40% of the women who developed ALCL after receiving breast implants had received textured silicone breast implants. These findings are not conclusive. Dr. Schusterman is an expert on silicone breast implants and will answer all of your questions regarding potential risks during your consultation.
Generally, the cost of a breast augmentation surgery in Houston ranges from around $5,000 to $7,000. There are many factors that go into that estimate, and one of them is the type of material you select. Silicone breast implants are usually around $1,000 more expensive than saline breast implants, and teardrop or “gummy bear” implants are an additional cost.
Dr. Schusterman urges patients to resist the temptation to go “bargain-hunting” when it comes to their bodies. Breast augmentation surgery is serious and can have lifelong repercussions if not done by a clinically-trained and respected surgeon. Financing options are available and Dr. Schusterman can answer any questions regarding the cost of breast augmentation during your consultation.
If you are in the Houston area, you can schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Schusterman at our Houston office by calling (713) 575-2772 today. You can also sign up for a virtual consultation on our website through our virtual consultation program.
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