What’s the Difference Between Saline and Silicone Breast Implants?

Woman with doctor evaluating breast implant options Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure. It allows individuals to enhance the size and shape of their breasts. Among the options available, saline and silicone breast implants are the most common choices. Understanding the differences between these two types of implants can help you make an informed decision. 

What’s the Difference Between Saline and Silicone Breast Implants?

Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. Surgeons can insert these implants empty and fill them once they are in place. It allows for a smaller incision during surgery. 

Saline implants are often praised for their safety; in the event of a rupture, the body can easily absorb the saline solution. However, they tend to have a firmer feel and are more prone to visible rippling or wrinkling. It can be beneficial to those individuals with less natural breast tissue.

In contrast, cohesive silicone gel that closely resembles the sensation of genuine breast tissue is pre-filled into silicone breast implants. Due to their more realistic appearance and feel, silicone implants are preferred by many doctors and patients alike. 

Silicone implants are less likely to show ripples and are considered more durable. 

In the rare event of a rupture, the gel may stay within the implant shell or leak into the breast implant pocket, but it will not collapse like a saline implant. This makes it important to have regular MRI scans to check for “silent ruptures.”

When you consider the placement of implants, position saline, and silicone options either above or below the chest muscle, the choice of placement can affect the final appearance and recovery time. 

Additionally, the cost of silicone implants tends to be higher than that of saline implants due to the material and manufacturing processes. 

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Choosing between saline and silicone breast implants is a significant decision. It depends on various factors, including your desired outcome, body type, and medical history. 

A qualified plastic surgeon like Carl B. Pearl, MD, will help you address any concerns and determine the best approach for your breast augmentation. 

You can call us at 912-446-1985 and schedule an appointment with Chatham Plastic Surgery. We’ll help you achieve the look you desire with confidence and care.

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