Implants: Saline vs. Silicone
If you are considering breast augmentation and breast implants, you may be wondering what kind of implant is best for you. Saline and silicone implants are both options for anyone who is interested in this kind of surgery. Our plastic surgery and breast augmentation specialists here at Sadrian Plastic Surgery are ready to help you figure out which kind of implants are best for your individual needs. Here is some basic information to get you started in your research.
Both kinds of implants share the same kind of shell — silicone. But there are differences between the two as a whole.
Saline implants have a silicone shell that is filled with a sterile salt water solution. They are inserted empty, and then filled once in place. They are considered best for women 18 and older for augmentation, or any any age for reconstruction.
Silicone implants are pre-filled and placed whole. They are filled with a silicone gel, which is thick and sticky and is a close match for the feel of natural human fat. Some women feel that silicone is a better choice because that similarity looks and feels more natural once implanted. Silicone implants are recommended for women aged 22 and over for augmentation, or any age for reconstruction.
Both kinds of implants have some risks associated with them, and the risks are very similar. There is always a risk of infection with any kind of surgery, and breast surgery can result in some pain (which usually resolves itself) and some temporary changes in sensation. Scar tissue that can cause mis-shaping of the breast is also a risk regardless of the kind of implant. And both kinds can rupture, in rare cases.
Saline ruptures tend to be more noticeable. If this kind of implant ruptures, the breast will appear to deflate, which means the breast will change in both size and shape. Leaking saline solution will be absorbed by your body with no ill effects, but it is likely that you will need surgery to remove the ruptured shell. At that point, a new implant can be inserted to bring the breast back to its proper size and shape.
Silicone ruptures are not always noticeable. The reason for that is that the leaking silicone generally remains trapped in the tissue surrounding the implant. That leakage is not thought to cause any health problem, but over time it can cause pain and changes in the shape of the breast where the rupture has occurred. Surgical removal and replacement is likely to be recommended if that happens.
No matter which type of implant you choose or are interested in learning more about, you can trust that the breast augmentation professionals at Sadrian will answer all of your questions and give you their medical opinion about which kind is ultimately best for you. Call us today to schedule a consultation so we can talk to you about the options for breast augmentation and help you get the body shape and look that you want.