Choosing whether to use saline or silicone implants is a major decision when considering breast augmentation. If you’re unsure where to start, you should schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon to discuss your goals. During your consultation, your surgeon will explain the differences and the pros and cons between the two options and help you make an informed decision. PekoMD Cosmetic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Koltz, provides breast augmentation to patients in Toledo, Maumee, Northwest Ohio, Southeastern Michigan, and surrounding locations.
Texture and Feel
Saline and silicone breast implants each have a unique feel, with silicone having a softer, more natural touch. Saline implants appear natural, but are often “over-filled” and therefore firmer to the touch. Silicone gel feels more like natural fat in the breasts. In the case of an implant rupture, saline implants are safer since the solution is simply absorbed by the body.
Silicone implants are recommended for a more natural appearance, as they hang and have the same curvature as natural fat in the breast tissue would. Saline implants have a fuller, rounder appearance.
Silicone and saline breast implants require different incisions as they are often placed in different areas of the chest during surgery. Silicone implants come filled and require a larger incision to be inserted into the chest. Saline implants require a smaller incision, as they are only filled after they are placed into the chest.
Both saline and silicone breast implants last a similar amount of time. Although meant to be durable and lasting, both implant types will need to be replaced or removed over time.
Rippling and Rupture
While uncommon, it is possible for a breast implant to rupture. When this occurs with silicone implants, the fluid may permeate the body and cause health issues. With saline implants, the saline solution is absorbed by the body and is therefore safer. Rippling of the implants may occur due to capsular contracture of use of incorrectly sized implants. In severe cases, rippling can be noticed on the surface of the skin. The risk of implant rippling is equal with the use of either saline or silicone implants. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Koltz, provides breast augmentation to patients in Toledo, Maumee, Northwest Ohio, Southeastern Michigan, and surrounding locations.
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