How to Choose between Saline and Silicone Breast Implants
One of the biggest questions most women ask prior to their breast augmentation is whether they should choose saline- or silicone-filled implants. If you’re unsure which type might be the best option for you, it can help to discuss the pros and cons of each with your plastic surgeon, as well as do a little research on your own to help you make the best decision.
Both saline and silicone implants come with their own set of benefits and a few key differences. Understanding what these are can be a great place to start your journey towards the beautiful, smooth results you’re looking for.
Saline-filled implants consist of an outer silicone shell, and that empty shell is inserted through a carefully placed incision before being filled with a sterile saline solution. Because this type of implant is filled after insertion, the incisions for saline implants are typically somewhat smaller than those needed for the silicone-filled type.
However, saline implants may tend to show a rippled effect more so than silicone implants, as the saline solution is a thinner consistency than silicone gel. In the case of a ruptured saline implant, the saline solution will simply and safely be absorbed by the body and you will know immediately to contact your doctor (U.S. Food and Drug Administration).
Silicone-filled implants consist of an outer silicone shell, which is pre-filled with a silicone gel. Thus, the incisions for this type are usually larger than those needed for saline implants. The larger incisions are necessary to accommodate the fully formed implant.
Many women find that silicone gel more closely resembles the look, feel, and movement of natural breast tissue, making them especially popular among petite women looking for a larger boost of volume.
With silicone implants, there is a risk of what’s called a silent rupture. This simply means that in the event of a rupture, these implants will not instantly deflate as is the case with saline implants. This is due to the consistency of the silicone gel, and thus, an MRI is required to determine whether or not a rupture has occurred (U.S. Food and Drug Administration).
Making Your Decision
Ultimately, the decision to get either saline or silicone breast implants is entirely up to your personal preferences. However, depending on your specific needs and goals for your final results, one type may be more conducive to achieving those goals than the other. Factors such as size and incision type can also play a role in whether you decide to go with saline or silicone filled.
To find the best fit for you, schedule an initial consultation with your plastic surgeon. He or she will be able to guide you through every step of the process and make sure that you understand all of the available options. Remember that the goal of this procedure is to highlight your natural curves and contours, so choosing the best implant type for your unique body shape is essential to getting the natural-looking results you want.
The Bottom Line
Choosing the right size and type of breast implants is an important step in your breast augmentation journey. Taking the time to research your options and discuss them with a trusted professional will be well worth it in the long run.
At Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Pittsburgh and Wexford, our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Heil is dedicated to providing an educational and comfortable experience throughout the entire breast augmentation process. Named as one of the top 10 percent of plastic surgeons in the Pittsburgh region, Dr. Heil is equipped with the skill and experience necessary to deliver beautiful results that are custom-tailored to suit your body.
If you’d like more information about your breast augmentation options, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heil, please contact us at 724-264-3608 and take the next step toward embracing your natural beauty and loving your enhanced figure.