5 Things to Consider When Choosing Saline or Silicone Implants

Posted on:  by Dr. Edward Eades in Blog, Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants, Saline Implants, Silicone Implants

Saline vs. Silicone Implants

If you are seeking a breast augmentation procedure, there are many factors that you may haven’t considered when choosing between saline or silicone gel breast implants. Although there are pros and cons for each type of implant, your decision should be based on your anatomy and how the implant can affect your results. So what’s right for you and your body type? Read the differences between saline vs. silicone implants?

A thorough consultation at our Tuscon, AZ office is necessary to fully understand how the implants can relate to your unique body type and I will provide expert advice about what type of breast implant would be best for you. However, besides the consultation, it is important to look over a few factors that may be important for you when choosing between saline and silicone implants.

Both kinds of implants have the same outer silicone shell. During your procedure, silicone implants are inserted with pre-filled silicone gel, a thick fluid that is similar to your natural breast tissue. Saline implants are inserted empty and then filled with sterile salt water solution. Here are 5 things to consider before making your implant decision:

  1. Look and Feel – Since silicone gel mimics natural breast tissue more than a saline implants, many women choose the more natural feel. Saline implants are sometimes described as feeling like water balloons. This is an important aspect for women who have little breast tissue. However, techniques of breast augmentation, including placing saline implants behind the chest muscle, have improved the feel of saline implants.
  2. Incisions – Incision size and location is a very important factor, especially for women who are susceptible to scarring. A saline implant can be inserted through a smaller incision than silicone because it is inserted empty.
  3. Rippling – Saline implants are more likely to cause visible rippling than silicone gel implants. Rippling is most common in women who have less breast tissue. In this case, silicone gel implants may be the best option for them. However, if a woman has adequate breast tissue and places the implant under the chest muscle, this rippling effect can be reduced.
  4. Ruptures – Each implant is prone to ruptures. If a saline implant ruptures, it is immediately obvious, deflating rapidly and the salt water is safely absorbed and expelled from the body. However, with silicone implants, it is difficult to notice a rupture because the gel can remain in place. Women with silicone implants are recommended to have regular MRIs to detect these ruptures after surgery.
  5. Capsular Contracture – When scar tissue surrounds an implant, it can squeeze it and make the breast hard. This condition occurs with equal frequency in both saline and silicone gel implants.

Determining the pros and cons of each implant is important in making your final decision for your breast augmentation. Although it can be overwhelming at times, your experienced plastic surgeon will be there every step of the way, providing advice and addressing your concerns, so you make the best decision for your desired results.

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