Types of breast implants
A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline. Until fall 2006, due to concerns about safety, the FDA limited the availability of silicone breast implants to women who enrolled in an authorized clinical breast implant study. Dr. Zevon is an investigator for the silicone breast implant studies, and is now certified to use silicone breast implants. Some people believe that silicone breast implants are more natural in appearance and feel than saline breast implants. Others continue to believe that silicone breast implants pose more health risks than saline breast implants. Saline-filled implants are available to breast augmentation patients on an unrestricted basis.
During your consultation, Dr. Zevon will discuss the risks and benefits with you. You can weigh the pros and cons of silicone vs. saline breast implants and ask Dr. Zevon more about the specifics of the FDA decisions.