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Long Beach Breast Implant Placement

Southern California Plastic Surgery Group


For most women saline filled implants are the only option available at this time. However, that may soon be changing, and some patients may already be eligible for silicone-filled implants.

Both types of implants have a silicone outer shell. The difference is in the filling. Silicone implants contain a semi solid silicone gel, and saline filled implants are filled with salt water.

Silicone implants

Most women who have the option choose silicone implants because they have a more natural look and feel than saline filled implants. They are also less likely to ripple, fold or rupture.

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of silicone filled implants in 1992 due to safety concerns. Since then the cohesive gel silicone implant has been developed and widely used outside of the United States. The FDA is currently studying cohesive gel implants and may soon approve their use for breast augmentation in the United States. At this time only women with special circumstances, such as those undergoing reconstructive surgery or participating in clinical trials, can get silicone filled implants.

Saline implants

Saline filled implants are not restricted by the FDA. In the rare event that the implant leaks, saline is simply absorbed by the body and is completely safe. Saline filled implants are less likely to cause capsular contracture than silicone filled implants. Some types of saline filled implants can be filled after they are inserted, allowing you to determine the exact amount of enlargement.

Currently, most patients have only the option of using saline filled implants, but a few qualify to receive silicone filled implants. While most patients and doctors prefer silicone filled implants, most patients are very pleased with the results of saline filled implants.

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Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Hicks in Beverly Hills, Long Beach, or Los Angeles, California, to determine if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation. During your consultation Dr. Hicks will evaluate your unique body type and desired results, explain all your treatment options, discuss the outcome you can realistically expect, and answer any questions you may have.

If you are seeking silicone filled implants, Dr. Hicks can help you determine if you may be eligible for clinical trials.