Saline vs Silicone Implant for Breasts: What You Should Know

Are you getting ready to take the plunge and finally get breast implants? Plastic surgery is more advanced than ever, so implants tend to be more realistic and a more financially viable option than they were in the past.

If you’ve made your decision to move forward with surgery, you still have another decision to make: saline vs silicone implant.

But what’s the difference between the two? We’re here to talk about it. Keep reading to learn about these two types of implants, so you can make an informed decision.

All About Saline Breast Implants

So what are saline breast implants anyway?

A saline breast implant starts as an empty gel implant that goes into the breast area (either under or over the muscle). Once the breast implant is in an appropriate place, the surgeon will fill it with saline until it’s an appropriate size.

While saline implants are still popular, they tend to be the less realistic option (depending on the situation. They can look quite realistic for the right patient). They often look rounder and more obvious than silicone implants.

Saline implants are also the safer option.

There is always a risk of a breast implant rupturing or “popping” at some point. While it’s not common, it’s something that patients and surgeons should discuss before the surgery itself.

When a saline implant ruptures, it takes several days for saline to leave the implant and disperse through the body. Saline, however, isn’t harmful and the body absorbs it.

The implant will deflate, making the rupture noticeable.

All About Silicone Breast Implants

When you get a breast augmentation with Dr. Mark Fisher or your local plastic surgeon, you’ll also have the option of choosing silicone breast implants.

Silicone implants have a thick outer shell. This gel is inert, making it appropriate for the majority of patients. It shouldn’t cause any allergic reactions.

Because silicone gel is viscous, it can create a more natural shape and feel for breasts. They won’t sit too high up on the chest, and they often have a realistic teardrop shape.

The problem with a silicone implant is that if it pops, it’s not as safe for the patient. While the thick outer shell should prevent any ruptures, there’s always a possibility.

Silicone gel leaks out of implants slowly, so the patient may not notice right away. Because the body can’t absorb silicone gel, it can cause complications. The patient may notice swelling, redness, pain, and other physical abnormalities.

To confirm a rupture, surgeons will do a scan before they remove the implant.

Saline vs Silicone Implant: Which Is Right for You?

When you’re finally ready to get a breast augmentation, and you’re deciding between saline vs silicone implant, which will you choose? Both of these options have their pros and cons, and they both achieve fantastic results.

If you’re going for a more natural look, we suggest trying silicone implants. If you don’t mind a more “obvious” look and you’re concerned about safety, we suggest a saline implant. Whatever you choose, you’re going to look great!

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