Silicone VS Saline: Silicone Takes the Lead


A Chicago plastic surgeon has noticed a rapid change in the preference of his breast augmentation patients. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sam Speron noticed the majority of his patients are now opting for silicone implants rather than saline.

“…Up to the last few years, around 80% of women chose to go with saline implants for their cosmetic breast augmentations,” explained Speron. “This year, it has completely turned around with about 75% of my cosmetic breast enhancement patients choosing silicone breast implants.”

What caused such a turnaround? Speron says his patients experience more natural looking and feeling results with silicone. This type is also less likely to wrinkle and rip. However, patients face a higher rate of capsular contracture–the immune system has an abnormal reaction to the silicone.

Silicone implants were considered dangerous and were even banned in the United States for years until 2006 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration re-approved them. As a precaution, the FDA advises patients with silicone implants to get MRI exams routinely.


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