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A 47-year-old member asked:

What was the benefit of silicone compared to saline implants for breasts?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Many: Silicone implants are softer, more natural, and lighter. The risk of rupture is lesser than with saline implants. The risk of rippling is much smaller.
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Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Better Question: Better question is what are the differences between the two now. I tell patients that silicone is softer and ripples less than saline, but they are more expensive, generally require a larger incision and the fda recommends mri's to check for rupture at three years and every two years thereafter.
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Dr. Thomas Lintner
Surgery - Plastics 40 years experience
Breast Implants: I offer both choices to my patients and based on their preferences and anatomy then make recommendations on which is more appropriate for them and their lifestyle. Honestly, i prefer silicone, its proven itself as safe and continues to do so. I follow all my patients for the life of my practice for free and encourage annual follow ups to catch any issues early.
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Dr. Dennis Dass
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
Several: Silicone implants typically feel softer than saline implants. Both are very safe. If a silicone implant ruptures, you may not know it, and you would need an mri. However, the silicone will likely stay within the implant shell because the silicone is a cohesive gel. http://www.dassmd.com/breast-augmentation/breast-augmentation-of-los-angeles.html.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between silicone and saline implants?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Greg Sexton
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
IV fluid: Saline implants are a silicone balloon filled with IV fluid-saline. Silicone implants are silicone balloons filled with silicone gel. Silicone implants are softer, more natural, with less chance of seeing ripples.
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