Silicone use in cosmetic treatments is largely misunderstood due to outdated information, media misinformation, and the use of industrial grade silicone by fraudulent aesthetic providers. Silicone breast implants are no different. In this article, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive silicone breast implants Q&A; this includes silicone breast implant safety, durability, and special circumstances such as breastfeeding, breast reconstruction after mastectomy, and teen breast augmentation.
Silicone Breast Implants Q&A
Your questions about silicone breast implants are best answered by a board-certified plastic surgeon during a consultation. Our Las Vegas breast surgery experts Dr. Michael Edwards and Dr. Terry Higgins can provide you with a personalized consultation to help you decide if breast augmentation with silicone breast implants is right for you. Until then, here’s a helpful silicone breast implants Q&A to help you get started before your appointment in our Las Vegas plastic surgery practice.
Why should I consider silicone breast implants for my breast augmentation?
Silicone breast implants are safe, FDA approved, and provide the most natural-looking and feeling results after breast augmentation.
Silicone Breast Implants are Safe
Despite the pervasive myth that silicone breast implants are a health danger, the truth is that the FDA approved the use of silicone in cosmetic breast implants on November 17, 2006 after 14 years of testing found them to be safe for use. Prior to their FDA approval, patients were given saline breast implants while proper clinical safety studies were conducted.
Both saline and silicone implants are considered equally safe for patients who are deemed healthy enough to undergo a breast augmentation treatment.
What About the Link to Breast Cancer?
In the early 90s, silicone breast implants were thought to have contributed to the increased incidence of breast cancer. However, after years of testing, the FDA and clinical researchers concluded that silicone breast implants are not linked to breast cancer. However, each new brand and style of silicone implants must be tested and approved by the FDA prior to their use in patients, so it’s important to only see a board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure that you are receiving high-quality, FDA approved silicone breast implants during your breast augmentation.
Can Silicone Breast Implants Rupture?
Implants with silicone gel are durable but may rupture. However, if this does happen, a visit to your plastic surgeon will ensure a safe removal of the implant and the silicone gel. Your body will respond to the silicone gel promptly to isolate it, ensuring it doesn’t spread and your surgeon can remove it. Again, it’s important to know that the risk of rupture is low when the implants are placed by a board-certified plastic surgeon using high-quality, FDA approved implants using a safe surgical technique.
There are alternative silicone implants known as Gummy Bear implants, named for their “gummy” texture that holds its form even if it’s physically cut in half. Gummy Bear implants are useful in some patients, but your plastic surgeon will decide with you which implant suits your needs.
Saline implants are also capable of rupture, but just like silicone implants, the risk is minimal. With saline, the body will absorb the solution safely and without complication. However, prompt medical attention is recommended to remove the silicone shell of the implant and replace it with a new implant. Just like with silicone implants, the risk of rupture is greatly reduced when you see a board-certified plastic surgeon who uses only high-quality, FDA approved breast implants.
Silicone Breast Implants and Autoimmune Disease: Is there a link?
There have been reports of silicone breast implants as a link to autoimmune disease, but no reputable studies published in medical journals have substantiated these claims. Not only is there no evidence that silicone implants cause autoimmune disease, there is no real correlation either. After decades of medical testing and trials, there have no been any instances of known toxicity due to FDA approved silicone breast implants in the United States.
Silicone Breast Implants Feel More Natural
Silicone breast implants feel softer and more natural than saline breast implants, so it is often preferred by patients who desire a more natural look and feel to their new breasts. Saline implants are sometimes preferable over silicone in some patients but can feel hard to the touch.
Can I Get Chest X-rays and Mammograms with Silicone Breast Implants?
Breast implants do not affect x-rays. However, some care must be taken when having a mammogram, regardless of the type of implant you receive. While you can still get mammograms for breast cancer detection (and you should), the placement of your implant and type of implant may affect how the mammogram is performed. Furthermore, your provider must be made aware prior to your mammogram about your breast implants and where they were placed in order to provide you with a safe, effective mammogram. Discuss your future mammogram concerns with your plastic surgeon prior to surgery.
Can I Get Silicone Breast Implants After a Mastectomy?
Most women choose to receive breast reconstruction after a mastectomy to remove breast cancer. Silicone breast implants are a great option for breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery via mastectomy. Following the mastectomy, your breast cancer surgeon will work with your plastic surgeon to determine if you’re cleared for reconstruction. Before reconstruction can begin, your providers will use tissue expanders to gradually inflate the chest area to make room for the implants. Once the skin and tissue have been expanded to the desired size (which can take several months), the implant surgery can be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Can I Breastfeed With Silicone Breast Implants?
Regardless of the type of breast implant, you should still be able to breastfeed any future children you have. A discussion with your plastic surgeon will ensure that your saline or silicone breast implants are placed below the muscle, leaving the breast tissue and milk ducts unaffected by the surgery.
If you are currently breastfeeding or recently stopped breastfeeding, you should postpone a breast augmentation until you have stopped producing milk for at least three months.
Can Teens Get Silicone Breast Implants?
A young woman’s breasts are typically not fully developed until at least 22 years of age. If you’re under 22 and unhappy with your breast size, it’s best to wait and allow them to finish growing before seeking out a breast augmentation surgery of any kind. There are rare exceptions to this, but an ethical, board-certified plastic surgeon will not provide any young woman under the age of 18 any type of breast implants, silicone or otherwise.
Ready to Get Started with Silicone Breast Implants in Las Vegas?
Did you find this silicone breast implants Q&A helpful? Do you have more questions? If you’re considering a breast augmentation with implants, our board-certified plastic surgeons and breast surgery specialists Dr. Michael Edwards and Dr. Terry Higgins are available to provide you with the best results for your unique needs and goals. Whether you choose saline or silicone implants, our team will work with you to ensure you have the best results that are aligned with your vision and realistic expectations. Contact us today for a consultation for breast implants in Las Vegas. We look forward to meeting you.