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How Safe Are Silicone Breast Implants?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


In the U.S., breast implants are a popular device for women who want to change their appearance and boost their self-confidence. But what exactly is inside silicone implants, and are they considered safe?

Breasts implants have been around for decades, and millions of women around the world have no issues with their results. While silicone breast implants have been deemed trustworthy by the plastic surgery community, patients at Morales Plastic Surgery are still fully informed about surgery so they can make informed decisions in Houston, TX.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales has years of experience helping women weigh the benefits and risks of implants. Our team believes in being honest about all cosmetic procedures and is committed to achieving safe as well as pleasing results. Discover your options for breast augmentation by reading below or calling for a consultation.

What is breast augmentation surgery?

Breast augmentation surgery is the process of adding volume and contour using foreign materials, usually saline and silicone. Dr. Morales may recommend specific implants based on your goals and body type, as well as what you want in terms of results. Patients may choose breast augmentation after pregnancy or recent weight loss, or if they are dissatisfied with their natural silhouette.

What are silicone breast implants made from?

Breast implants are arguably one of the most studied implants of the human body. Only four vendors in the U.S. make silicone breast implants due to the FDA’s high standards of safety.

Silicone implants have an outer shell made of a medical-grade silicone material that is very resilient and flexible. The inside contains a highly cohesive silicone gel. Patients usually prefer silicone to other options because they feel softer and retain a more natural shape.

Because our clinic in Houston is committed to offering the latest technologies and tools, the implants we use are all made from FDA-approved materials that have been rigorously tested for safety and performance.

What about saline implants?

Saline implants are also popular options for breast augmentation surgery. Compared to silicone, saline implants have a much simpler design. The outer shell itself is made of firm silicone material, but the inside is filled with sterile saltwater. Most patients opt for saline because they’re more affordable, but they're not always ideal. Saline implants do tend to have a rippling effect that can lead to less natural results.

Is breast augmentation safe?

Any surgical procedure comes with risks, including breast augmentation. In order to perform this plastic surgery, Dr. Morales must follow specific steps to reduce your risk of future complications. While this is rare, it’s possible for implants to leak or rupture, requiring another surgery to remove or replace the implant. Silicone implants are less likely to rupture than saline, but they can still happen.

Learn about our silicone breast implants

It’s no surprise that silicone breast implants are still a hot topic among patients. Fortunately, the trained staff at Morales Plastic Surgery has extensive experience in this area because we have been helping women with their breast augmentation needs for years. Dr. Rolando Morales can help you find the best solution possible. Call our office in Houston, TX to learn more about what goes into silicone devices. We are happy to answer all your questions and more.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.