If you are considering a breast augmentation but are concerned about the durability of implants, you’re not alone. In an attempt to show the resiliency of breast implants, Newport Beach, CA plastic surgeon Sanjay Grover, MD took to social media to share his findings after dropping two types of implants off of a ten-story building.
His mission? To see whether a silicone or saline breast implant would survive the fall. Not only does the video prove which implant is a better option for those worried about durability, but it’s also blown up the internet with a solid one million views on Facebook.
“I do many breast augmentations and many of my patients ask me, ‘How durable are breast implants? What’s better: silicone or saline?’ So today, we’re going to put the implants to the test,” says Dr. Grover in the viral video.
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Dr. Grover starts with the saline implant, dropping it from the roof of his building, which breaks upon contact with the ground. Then, he moves on to the silicone implant, which he drops from the same starting height. This one hits the ground, bounces in the air with agility and lands unscathed on the pavement.
But, don’t let the saline drop test fool you—this was not a test of their quality. “In reality, both implants are excellent implants, but if you’re concerned about [the] durability of silicone implants, you can see that they’re very durable and they can withstand a ten-story drop,” explains Dr. Grover.
The biggest difference between the two: Silicone offers a more natural look and feel, and they may be more suitable for very thin patients as they better conform to the natural shape of the body. These implants are pre-filled with silicone gel that mimics the feeling of human fat. Saline implants, on the other hand, are inserted empty and filled with sterile water once they’re in place. (This water can be safely absorbed by the body in case of a leak.)
Dr. Grover concludes the video by noting, “Even though the saline implant did not survive the ten-story drop, I think if you fell off a ten-story building, you have bigger issues to worry about than your breast implants.”