Breast Augmentation: Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is a common procedure that women get done to enhance the shape and appearance of their breasts. It involves placing an implant behind the tissue of the breast or the chest muscle to increase the volume of the breasts. The loss of volume can be attributed to natural shape and size, breastfeeding, losing a lot of weight, or trying to achieve symmetry in both breasts.


The Debate — Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants


A breast implant has an exterior shell made of silicone. These shells can either be filled with saline or silicone. Regardless of the implant you choose, you can go home the same day after the surgery. An incision would be made under your breast, another in the armpit, and a third one in the periareolar region. This creates a pocket to place the implant in.


Choosing an implant is dependent on various factors, such as your age, your natural breast tissue, and the kind of results that you expect following a breast augmentation procedure.


Saline Breast Implants


A saline implant is inserted deflated into the surgical pocket. Once the implant is placed, the surgeon will inflate your implant using saline water. If you have more natural tissue to cover the implant, rippling is reduced. It is also advisable to choose saline implants if you are under the age of 22. Remember, breast augmentation is performed on people aged 18 or above.


If the saline implant ruptures, it becomes evident through deflation. The saline is absorbed by your body.


Silicone Breast Implants


A silicone implant is available for patients who are at least 22 years old. These implants are filled with silicone gel before insertion in the surgical pocket, thus require a bigger incision than a saline implant. If you do not have much tissue, a silicone implant could offer a natural breast tissue feeling. The silicone gel used is close to how the natural breast feels and is thus preferred.


The rippling is minimum, and the appearance is quite realistic. The risks of an implant moving downward due to gravity is lower than a saline implant. The rupture of a silicone implant is difficult to detect. It is thus advised to get yourself checked by your doctor regularly.


Which One Should You Choose?


The type of implant you use for augmentation is dependent on your body and your expectations.


While a saline implant is cheaper than a silicone implant, having a substantial amount of breast tissue to cover the implant is required for the saline type. It is also important to note that neither saline nor silicone implants are permanent solutions. You should discuss with your surgeon to get the best option suitable for you.


If You Want to Get a Breast Augmentation


If you want to increase the volume in your breasts or make them look symmetrical, you should visit a certified plastic surgeon. At Restivo Plastic Surgery, Inc., we are determined to provide the best treatment for your body. You can meet us for a discussion about breast augmentation in Wailuku, Hawaii.


Learn more about breast augmentation surgery & implant options, contact Restivo Plastic Surgery, Inc in Wailuku, HI at (808) 204-4800.

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