Saline vs. Silicone Implants

The Breast Is History: Difference between Saline and Silicone Implants

While breast augmentations are often associated with cosmetic purposes, there are other reasons to consider getting a breast augmentation. There are two basic types of breast implants: saline and silicone. gel. This article covers the basic differences if you are considering breast augmentation surgery.

The Procedure

Breast augmentations typically take one to two hours. You will likely be given general anesthesia, during which you will be “asleep” The surgeon will make a cut under your breasts, under your arms, or around your nipples, depending on your body, the type of implant, and how much enlargement is being done. While both types of implants have an external silicone shell, the type of material inside differs.

Saline Implants

Saline-filled implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline). Some are pre-filled and others are filled during the operation. Saline implants generally cost less. Depending on the type of material, breast augmentations have different age requirements before insertion. You must be 18  years of age to have saline implants inserted. Saline implants can be inflated during the procedure to ensure a natural looking breast size. If a saline implant ruptures, the fluid will absorb into your body without major health complications. Saline is just clean, sterile water.

Silicone Implants  

Silicone implants are pre-filled before surgery with a thick, sticky fluid that mimics the feeling of human fat. While there is a greater health risk if silicone implants rupture, most women feel that silicone implants feel similarly to a natural breast. Silicone implants are available in a wide variety of cup sizes. You are able to decide on what size is most appropriate for you. If you are considering silicone implants you must at least be 22 years of age. Silicone breast implants are more difficult to detect if they rupture. Free silicone tends to remain trapped in the fibrous tissue.

Side effects

Side effects from a standard breast augmentation typically include:

  • Breast pain
  • Infection
  • Changes in nipple and breast sensation, usually temporary
  • Implant leakage or rupture

Once you have your implants inserted, it is recommended that you have an MRI every 3 years or so to determine the status of the inserted implant. It is also important to note that breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime. Preventative care is equally important when undergoing cosmetic surgery. You are still advised to perform your monthly self-breast exams and continue yearly screening mammograms.  If you are interested in having a breast augmentation, schedule a consult visit today

If you are considering cosmetic surgery, for breast augmentation, you would want to make the best decision available. Saline or Silicone?

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