Silicone Breast Implants
Mentor MemoryGel silicone breast implants are currently FDA approved for women 22 years of age and older for primary breast augmentation and for breast reconstruction. Silicone breast implants have an outer shell made of silicone rubber and are filled with a cohesive silicone gel. Mentor’s MemoryGel implants have a proprietary silicone gel filling that is cohesive and holds together, while providing a natural feel and shape for breast augmentation. Breast implants generally come in three profiles (moderate, moderate plus, and high profile) which allows Dr. Tyrone to select the implant that best fits your proportions. Most patients feel that silicone breast implants provide a more natural shape and feel to the breast.
During your consultation, Dr. Tyrone can discuss the risks and benefits of breast augmentation with silicone gel filled breast implants, and address any questions you may have. In general, silicone breast implants have a more natural feel than saline implants, much like that of breast tissue. In contrast to saline breast implants, silicone implants also have a lower incidence of rippling and wrinkling, and are generally more difficult to feel through the natural breast tissue. Dr. Tyrone recommends silicone breast implants for women with lack of breast volume to adequately cover the implants, those with thin skin or stretch marks from pregnancy or weight loss, and those who desire a more natural feel to the augmented breast. Also, many women that need a breast lift will benefit from the placement of a silicone breast implant to provide better projection of the breast and better upper pole fullness. The main drawbacks of silicone breast implants are that they are more expensive than saline breast implants, and it is more difficult to determine if the implant has ruptured. If there is ever a concern that a silicone breast implant has ruptured, the patient may need an MRI study of the breast, which is not usually covered by most health insurance plans.
Are Silicone Breast Implants Safe?
One of the most common questions we receive regarding silicone breast implants is: “Are they safe?” The simple answer is that the new generation of cohesive silicone breast implants have never been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer, autoimmune disease or other illnesses. There is a lot of mis-information on the internet regarding the older style liquid-silicone breast implants, and we recommend that you thoroughly discuss any concerns you may have with Dr. Tyrone during your consultation. Additionally, Mentor has provided information regarding the safety of silicone breast implants here: "The Safety of Silicone Breast Implants"
*Silicone implants can be obtained in patients under 22 as long as an informed consent waiver is signed.