Silicone or Saline: What breast implant option should you choose?

Perfectly curvaceousIf you’ve been considering breast augmentation surgery to improve the size and shape of your breasts, you will have a comprehensive consultation where you and your surgeon will determine the best implant type depending on a number of factors, including your goals and anatomy. What are the differences between the two types? Read on to learn more.

Silicone implants

Silicone and saline breast implants are available in similar sizes, shapes and texture. Where they differ is in their composition. Silicone gel implants have a silicone outer shell and filled with silicone gel. This is the most popular type of implant as patients say this feels more like natural breast tissue than saline implants.

Unfortunately, if a silicone implant ruptures, the silicone gel leaks into the body. You may not even notice that the implant is leaking. You’ll want to see your plastic surgeon regularly to make sure your implants are intact.

Silicone gel implants are approved for augmentation in patients age 22 or older.

Saline implants

Saline implants have a silicone outer shell as well, but they will be filled with a salt-water solution. These implants require a smaller incision than silicone implants because they are not filled with the solution until they are inserted into the breast implant pocket. This allows more flexibility in the size of the implant during surgery.

Additionally, saline implants offer the benefit of knowing if an implant has ruptured. If there is a leak, the implant will collapse and the saline solution is naturally absorbed by the body. You will return to the surgeon at that time to discuss replacement.

Saline breast implants are approved for augmentation in patients age 18 or older.

If you are dissatisfied with the size and shape of your breasts and are in general good health with realistic expectations from surgery, then you would make a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling (585) 922-5840 today.


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