According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, silicone implant use for breast augmentation has risen dramatically. In 2006, 19% of procedures used silicone versus 72% in 2012!

I personally prefer silicone implants to saline for a few reasons: Silicone implants feel more natural and less firm than saline implants and are less likely to show rippling than saline implants.

The downside to silicone implants are that they are more expensive than saline, require a larger incision to be inserted and can be more complicated to remove when they rupture.

I think that many women were scared by the FDA withdrawal of silicone implants and it has taken some time for their confidence to return.

The ideal candidate for a saline implant is a young woman with a thick/fibrous breast where contour irregularities such as rippling can be more hidden and where the firmness of the implant is less evident.