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Debunking The Myths About Silicone Implants

Debunking The Myths About Silicone Implants

For years, breast implants have helped boost the confidence of many women. Despite this, breast implants, specifically silicone implants, are not fully understood and pervasive ideas that breast implants look fake or are not safe still persist. The reality is that silicone implants are a great option for many women who are interested in altering the size and symmetry of their breasts to create the appearance they desire. If you have heard some common myths about silicone implants and have been hesitant to consider this augmentation option, here is the truth about silicone implants to put your mind at ease.

The Truth About Silicone Implants 

Myth: Silicone Implants Look Fake
The Truth: Although both saline and silicone implants produce fairly naturally-appearing enhanced breasts, silicone implants tend to be less rounded than saline implants, which can help them look quite natural. Silicone implants also tend to feel very similar to natural breast tissue, making them feel quite real, although sometimes slightly firmer. Silicone implants tend not to ripple the way saline implants can, which helps to further maintain a natural appearance. A more important consideration than deciding which type of breast implant to get is to choose the positioning of the implant, as this can alter how natural your breasts look. Breast implants that are placed higher on the chest or are combined with a breast lift can make it appear as though the breasts are sitting higher than the average woman’s natural breasts. Whether implants are positioned over or under the chest muscles also alters the appearance of the breasts, as implants placed under the muscle tend to appear more natural.

Another important factor to consider is if you want your breast to appear perfectly natural or not. Breasts are all unique and many women wear push-up bras or bras with padding to change the appearance of their breasts, resulting in a rounded look that sits higher on the chest. If this look interests you, you may want to have saline implants placed above the muscle and higher on your chest. Read How to Decide On Your Breast Implant Size, Shape, Type, and Profile when considering how you want your breasts to appear after augmentation.

Myth: Silicone Implants Are Dangerous
The Truth: Breast implant ruptures are very rare, but you should be aware of the risk. Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel and if the implant ruptures, the silicone won’t lose its shape, but it can impact the surrounding tissue and cause pain, swelling, soreness, lumps, or hardening and you will need an MRI scan or ultrasound to determine if there is a rupture. That said, ruptured silicone breast implants are not thought to cause cancer, reproductive problems, or connective tissue disease. If you are worried about silicone implant ruptures, speak with your plastic surgeon or consider saline implants that safely absorb into the tissue if there is a rupture.

Myth: Saline Implants Are Better Than Silicone Implants
The Truth: Saline implants aren’t better than silicone, but silicone implants also aren’t necessarily better either. The truth is that saline and silicone implants both have their benefits and the option that’s best for you will depend on your personal preferences and the recommendations of your plastic surgeon. There is no one quality that makes one type of implant inherently better or worse, but there are some small differences that may help you choose between the two.

Beautiful Silicone Implants In Kelowna

If you are considering refining the shape, size, and appearance of your breasts, there are options for different types of breast enhancements to help you achieve the look you desire. If you are interested in learning more about breast implants, you can do more research by reading 8 Common Questions When Contemplating Getting Breast Implants. If you are ready to discuss your plastic surgery options with Kelowna’s choice plastic surgeon, contact Peterson MD at 1-250-868-9099 or fill out the online contact form to schedule a consultation. 

Dr. Brian Peterson at Peterson MD in Kelowna is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive medical training and specialization in Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgery. With the extensive knowledge and skill of Dr. Peterson, along with the knowledgeable staff at Peterson MD who are committed to providing patient education, you can feel confident in the results of your cosmetic surgery.


Q: Will my surgeon give me insight into which implants I should choose?
A: Yes, your plastic surgeon will be there to guide you through your breast augmentation journey and will educate you about all of your options, weighing the pros and cons of saline and silicone implants to help you make the best decision for yourself.

Q: Do silicone implants ever need to be replaced?
A: Silicone implants tend to last between 10 and 20 years, at which point they should be replaced. Other factors such as personal taste or implant changes (such as ruptures or wrinkling) may also call for implant removal or replacement. For more information, read How Often Do I Need To Replace My Silicone Implants?

Q: How do I know if I want a breast lift or breast augmentation?
A: Determining whether you would benefit from a breast lift or breast augmentation will depend on what your goals are for improving your breasts. If you wish to change their size as well as their shape, breast augmentation may be a better fit for you. If you like your current breast size but they have become saggy, a breast lift procedure may be best for you. To be sure about what procedure you would benefit most from, contact Dr. Brian Peterson to book a consultation.

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