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Choosing Silicone Gel Breast Implants

An increasing number of breast augmentations at my Denver office are being performed using silicone gel implants. Why has there been a resurgence in popularity of silicone implants, and are they right for you?

Patients who choose breast augmentation have the option of either silicone or saline implants. Silicone gel has some advantages over saline which make them an attractive choice to patients. First, they look and feel more like real breasts. They also have less risk of visibility due to wrinkling than saline, particularly in women with little natural breast tissue. And finally, cohesive silicone gel implants won’t leak if the implant is punctured or ruptured.

There are still many reasons to opt for saline implants, however. For one thing, they’re much less expensive than their silicone counterparts. The risk of developing capsular contracture is also lower with saline implants. Additionally, saline implants require a smaller incision, as they can be filled after insertion.

Although there are pros and cons to either type of implant choice for breast augmentation, my Denver patients seem to prefer silicone gel more often than saline. This may be due to the normally active lifestyle enjoyed by residents here in Denver; choosing silicone may reduce patient concerns over the possibility of implant rupture. Or, the natural results which can be achieved through silicone gel may lend themselves better to the more subtly enhanced look which is currently trending. Either way, the popularity of silicone gel implants shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.

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