In the U.S., breast augmentations are the most popular surgical procedure performed, with more than 286,000 completed in 2013. A breast augmentation is meant to create a fuller, more voluptuous appearance to the breasts. There are an assortment of ways that a breast augmentation can performed, most commonly using saline or silicone breast implants. Fat grafting, where the patient’s own fat is used, is also becoming increasingly more popular.

Why Do Women Get Breast Implants?

Breasts give the female form proportion and shape. Having full, proportionate breasts can be very important to a woman in feeling feminine and confident. Women may feel unhappy with their breasts due to aging effects, gravity, pregnancy changes, or natural asymmetry. A breast augmentation helps women improve the appearance of their breasts, resulting in improved self-esteem, self-image, and feeling sexier about their new body.

Implant Types: Silicone and Saline

One of the most significant decisions you will make while going through the breast augmentation process is selecting the type of implants you want to use. There are two FDA-approved options to choose from that are safe to use: Silicone implants and Saline implants. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages.


Silicone breast implants come pre-filled with a silicone gel, and come in an array of shapes and sizes. Silicone implants are known to feel more like natural breast tissue, and are ideal for those who do not have a lot of soft tissue coverage. With these implants, you will pick an implant size that will be inserted into the breast. Silicone implants are FDA-approved for patients 22 years or older. Silicone implants also have an extremely low risk of breast skin rippling.


Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water after they are implanted into the breast. Saline implants may not feel like normal breast tissue, and are harder to the touch than silicone implants.  Saline implants are FDA-approved for patients 18 years or older. With saline implants there are no signs of health difficulties in the unusual case that they rupture or leak.

If you are from the Lakeland, Florida area and are interested in getting breast implants, contact Dr. Shienbaum today for a personalized one on one consultation.