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Silicone Breast Implants vs. Saline Breast Implants

Learn the difference between silicone breast implants and saline ones from plastic surgeon Robert J. Morin, M.D. in this Howcast video.


There are several things to consider when thinking about a silicon breast augmentation versus a saline breast augmentation. The first is the history of silicon in the United States. In 1992, the FDA took silicon off of the market because they were concerned that silicon was making women sick. After studying silicon breast implants for 14 years, in 2006 they determined that that was not true.

The implants were not making women sick and they brought them back onto the market. Many of my patients, however, come in and they're concerned because of this history that silicon is going to make them sick. There are many things you need to think about. The first is, even in saline implants, the shell of the implant is made out of silicon. So no matter what, you're getting a silicon implant.

Second, the quality of the implants today are exponentially better than the quality of the implants 25 years ago. So the concern of implants rupturing and silicon leaking is much less than it ever was. In my opinion, silicon implants are a superior product. They give a more natural result, they're softer, and they feel more like breast tissue. In addition, companies who manufacture silicon implants today, guarantee their product for a patient's life. Saline implants, on the other hand, need to be changed approximately every ten years. Therefore, in my patients, I recommend silicon implants.

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