Saline Breast Implants vs. Silicone Breast Implants
Jan 7, 2014 @ 11:32 AM — by Dina Eliopoulos
One of the best ways for women to enhance their curves as well as their femininity is to undergo breast augmentation surgery. By getting breast implants, women not only enhance the size and shape of their breasts, but they can also enhance the overall silhouette of their body and a create much more enticing image. This is why breast enlargement is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world.
Two of the most well-known options for breast implant composition are silicone gel breast implants and saline breast implants. Let's take a moment right now to consider how these two breast implants compare to one another and which might be better for you and your aesthetic goals.
About Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants are comprised of a silicone shell that is filled with a silicone gel. For several years, silicone gel breast implants were taken off the market in the United States due to safety concerns, though further research and study led to full approval for use by the Food and Drug Administration.
The Pros and Cons of Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants generally have a more realistic look and feel. There is less chance of visible breast implant rippling when you have silicone breast implants placed, which many patients are happy about.
If a breast implant ruptures, the silicone gel inside can be harmful when it disperses into the system, so it's important that patients undergo urgent medical care as soon as possible following a breast implant rupture or leak.
About Saline Breast Implants
For years, saline breast implants were the only implants used in breast augmentation surgeries in the United States. Saline breast implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a saline solution. Today it still remains a popular choice for breast augmentation patients.
The Pros and Cons of Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are very safe. If a breast implant leaks, the saline solution (essentially salt water) harmlessly disperses into the body. In addition, the rupture is quickly detected given the nature of the saline solution. Saline breast implants also allow patients to have their implants placed through incisions in the armpit or the navel.
A downside to consider is that saline breast implants may not appear as natural or feel as natural as silicone breast implants. Rippling is also more likely with saline breast implants.
Is one kind of breast implant better than the other?
Since there are various pros and cons to consider with different kinds of breast implants, the answer is "not necessarily." Some patients may achieve better results with silicone breast implants, while for other patients, saline breast implants may be the most ideal solution for their aesthetic needs.
During your consultation at our practice, we will be sure to go over all options for breast implant composition as well as size, shape, and profile so that you can make the best possible decision for you and your needs.
Learn More About Your Plastic Surgery Options
If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation surgery as well as your many other options available for enhancing your curves and overall body contour, be sure to contact our Chelmsford cosmetic plastic surgery center today. During your consultation with our Chelmsford Breast Surgery provider, Dr. Dina Eliopoulos, we will be sure to provide you with all the information necessary to make confident decisions about different kinds of surgical treatments.