Silicone vs Saline Breast Implants

Watch this video by Samuel Shatkin Jr., MD, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Buffalo, NY as he explains the differences between silicone and saline implants, as well as why silicone implants are the preferred option.

So over the years, the type of fill inside the implant has changed. Originally, it was a very thin type of silicone gel. That gel was very thin and the implants didn’t hold its shape very well, but they were adequate at the time. Breast implants have been done since the early 1960s and seventies. Breast implants then evolved into using the saline implants because at the time the FDA suggests that they may be a safer option.

Now we’re back to using silicone gel after the FDA has done expansive studies to identify the fact that silicone gel implants appear to be safe for most women. The silicone gel implants we use currently are the gummy bear type implants with the more dense type silicone gel, which really helps hold its shape when it’s in the patient’s body.

Meet Dr. Samuel Shatkin Jr. MD, FACS

Samuel Shatkin Jr., MD is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and performs all aspects of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He specializes in creating a customized approach to looking your best, which may include using multiple modalities which Dr. Shatkin refers to as ‘Combination Rejuvenation’. He has been in private practice in this field since completing his Plastic Surgery Training in 1989.

His major concentration is in the areas of Aesthetic Cosmetic Surgery including Eyelift and Facelift, Facial Rejuvenation, Nasal Surgery, Body contouring and Mommy Makeover tummy and Cosmetic Breast Surgery, Laser Skin Resurfacing and Injectables.​

He is the only Plastic Surgeon in the world to have received the coveted 5-Star Diamond Award from the American Association of Hospitality Sciences and to date, the only Medical Doctor to have received the coveted Buffalo-Niagara Business Ethics Award which he and his team received in 2017.

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