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Silicone Implants vs Saline Implants

When selecting breast augmentation surgery to enhance the bust, women will have two main implant options: saline or silicone. While both types of implants use an outer shell made of silicone, saline implants are filled with salt water, while silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. So, aside from material, what is the difference between saline and silicone implants?

About Silicone Implants

Silicone implants were banned by the FDA for a brief period in the 1990s because there was some concern that the implants were responsible for certain connective tissue diseases in women. However, Europe continued to use them and, after further studies, there appeared to be no link between silicone implants and these diseases, and the FDA re-approved their use in breast augmentation and reconstructive surgeries. Silicone implants are the most popular type of breast implant because most professionals and patient agree that they look and feel more like natural breast tissue due to the texture of the gel filling. These implants are more likely than saline implants to be associated with capsular contracture, or a hardening of the scar tissue that develops around the breast implant.

About Saline Implants

Saline implants are more likely to be firmer and less natural-looking, because saline solution is firmer. You might think of the saline implant as similar to a water-balloon. However, there are many benefits to the saline implant. If it ruptures, the sterile saline solution will mix naturally with fluids already in the body, whereas silicone is very unlike any fluids naturally occurring in the body. In addition, saline implants are very versatile. They come in different shapes, expandability, thickness and surface texture. In addition, there are two primary types of saline implants: one whose size is fixed before being implanted, and another that can be made larger or smaller post-surgery. Because its formed from a salt water solution, a saline breast implant can be placed by using much smaller incisions, thus leaving considerably less scarring, as well.

Choosing Between Silicone and Saline

Each type of implant has benefits and drawbacks, and it is important to speak with an experienced cosmetic surgeon to weigh both options very carefully before selecting the best option for your body. You should take the opportunity to feel various implants available in either silicone or saline materials, and decide whether it is important to you to have the option for altering the size of the implants post-surgery. For more information about breast augmentation or reconstruction surgery, and implant options, contact us and set up a consultation with a specialist today.



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