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Saline to Silicone Breast Implants: Revision Surgery

The re-approval of silicone breast implants by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November 2006 has created new options for women who are either considering implants for the first time or who would like to have their implants replaced. This is especially true of women who are looking for a softer, more natural looking implant than can be achieved with saline. Women who are unhappy with the current size, shape, or appearance of their implants may also consider making the switch.

Saline to Silicone: The Process

Switching from saline to silicone breast implants involves a surgical procedure similar to that used for first time implant patients or patients undergoing replacement surgery. The process will require the administration of anesthesia, but instead of having to create new incisions to insert the implants, the plastic surgeon can simply reopen existing ones. In cases where a woman had saline implants inserted through the belly button, the surgeon will have to make a new incision through which the silicone implant can be inserted.

Saline to Silicone: Risks and Benefits

The risks of silicone breast implants are, for the most part, identical to those of saline implants. Some of those risks include: capsular contracture, rupture, leakage, and loss of nipple sensation. However, there are certain things women should consider before switching from saline to silicone breast implants.

Unlike saline implants, silicone implants can rupture without the woman knowing. And although silicone implants have been proven as safe and effective based on numerous clinical trials and other scientific evidence, the FDA is still encouraging women with silicone gel implants to have regular MRIs to check for ruptures and leaks.

Still, many plastic surgeons prefer silicone breast implants to saline because they offer women a more natural look and feel. Women who are considering switching from saline to silicone should carefully weigh the risks and benefits with an experienced plastic surgeon.

Contact A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Near You

For more information about making the switch from saline to silicone breast implants, please contact us today for a consultation with a qualified board certified plastic surgeon near you.