Doctors Say Silicone Breast Implants Offer Most Natural Results

Silicone and saline breast implants continue to be a top choice for women undergoing cosmetic surgery; breast augmentation accounted for nearly 400,000 procedures in 2007 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and this number is only expected to increase over the next decade. Breast implants offer women a chance to improve their silhouette, increase self-esteem and correct any figure imbalances.

Although silicone gel implants came under public scrutiny in the early '90s, the FDA approved them for use in 2006 and they have since helped many women achieve their ideal figure.

When making the choice between silicone and saline implants, Dr. Tom Pousti, a board-certified plastic surgeon in California offers some advice:

"Saline implants have some advantages over silicone implants. Silicone implant ruptures are harder to detect. When saline implants rupture, they deflate and the results are seen almost immediately. When silicone implants rupture, the breast often looks and feels the same because the silicone gel may leak into surrounding areas of the breast without a visible difference."

These types of implants also take on a more rounded appearance, which means the actual size selected may not need to be very large.

Still, silicone implants provide more natural results according to Dr. Pousti.

Further Reading

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • We’ve all heard about celebrities going under the knife to improve their looks and enhance their appearance, and while some do manage to enhance their looks with a nip and tuck, others fall victim to a plastic surgery disaster. Celebrities including Tara Reid and Amanda Lepore have been criticized and publicly humiliated after repeat plastic surgery procedures that have led to disaster. Fortunately for stars like Tara Reid, revision surgery has helped to correct the deformities and irregularities caused by the botched procedure. Still, many celebrities aren’t so lucky and have to find ways to mask their anti-aging disaster.

  • A new TV show in Australia called The Shire recently spotlighted plastic surgery and featured the stars of the show having now qualms about treatments. The show’s stars Sophie and Vernesa aren’t afraid to show off their fake breasts in revealing tops and dresses, and are both sporting the infamous lip-enhanced pouts. Vernesa admits that she’s been told not to have any more filler treatments in her lips to prevent her lips from touching her nose. She undergoes Botox for the first time on camera.