Saline Dominates Despite The Silicone Comeback

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The vast majority of plastic surgeons have seen an upswing in the request for silicone breast implants since the FDA re-approved them in 2006. However, you may be surprised to learn that surgeons who still use saline implants recommend them to 75% to 100% of their patients.

These trends were uncovered through a survey of more than 1700 members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

“Although the reintroduction of silicone gel implants was accompanied by expectations of a sharp increase in their use, this survey revealed that, among Aesthetic Society members, saline implants are used more often than silicone gel implants,” the study authors stated. “However, both saline and silicone gel implants are used frequently, safely and reliably.”

If you’re debating about whether to choose saline or silicone for your own future breast augmentation, it’s important to remember that results rarely rely on just the implant material.

“Obtaining favorable patient outcomes is usually not dependent on the type of implant,” says ASAPS president Alan Gold, MD, “as much as the use of patient-appropriate techniques by a qualified and experienced surgeon.”

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