A recent clinical study compared levels of patient satisfaction regarding the choice of silicone vs. saline breast implants after postmastectomy breast reconstruction. The results of this study revealed a higher level of satisfaction in those patients who chose silicone implants. In fact, the study statistically indicated a significantly higher overall satisfaction with their breast reconstructions. In addition, the patients who chose silicone implants indicated improved psychological well-being and a greater sense of physical and sexual self-esteem.
The choice, however, is not always an easy one for women. This may in part be due to the media’s past portrayal of alleged silicone-related complications and the resultant public perception. Yet, after thorough review of current medical literature on the subject and the fact that the F.D.A. has once again deemed the use of silicone in breast implants safe, many women do opt for silicone implants in their post-mastectomy reconstructive surgeries as well as for cosmetic breast augmentation. Considering the results in the previously mentioned study, these women are apparently very satisfied with their outcomes and the choice they made.
Stephen Delia, M.D.