Choosing between saline and silicone breast implants can be confusing to some patients. The Aesthetic Society advises patients to talk with their doctor about the right type of breast implant. Selecting the right one involves considering many factors. Understanding your choice can make your breast augmentation journey a stress-free one. Here are the details.
Each saline breast implant has a silicone shell with sterile saltwater or saline inside. It is much like a round water balloon. If you are considering these implants, you should be aware of what they offer. Here are the advantages of getting saline breast implants:
They need a smaller incision. Saline breast implants are not prefilled. Your doctor will place an empty shell inside your breast tissue first. Then, your doctor will fill it with sterile saline. That is why your doctor will not need large incisions for these implants. You can then expect a smaller scar.
You can detect ruptures right away in saline implants. Saline will leak out and your body will absorb it. The implant shell will deflate, telling you that your implant has a leak. This will need another surgery for implant replacement.
There are fewer risks after a saline implant rupture. Your body will merely absorb the saline. It will not harm you.
You can get saline breast implants if you are 18 to 22 years old. These implants are for individuals who cannot wait until they are 22 years old and up to get silicone implants.
These breast implants are prefilled devices. They have smaller shells, but their filling is thick, silicone gel. Understanding silicone implants can help you make informed decisions about your breast augmentation. Here are the benefits of silicone breast implants:
They feel more natural. The weight and texture of silicone implants are like that of natural breasts. When you touch them, they feel natural. These implants are for those who want to have discreet breast augmentation results.
They look natural. These implants match a breast’s natural shape. They make the top part of the breast more rounded. Your breasts will gain a teardrop shape, allowing more discreet results.
They provide more options. You can enjoy several choices when it comes to silicone implants. There are gummy bear silicone implants that are thicker than saline implants. They also stick better to the breast tissue. You can also choose traditional silicone implants if that is what you prefer.
They last longer than saline implants. Remember that each patient is unique. You may need fewer or more breast implant replacements.
Sometimes, joining the bandwagon can be good, especially when it comes to breast implants. Research shows that most patients choose silicone. In 2017, 87% of breast augmentation patients in the United States chose silicone breast implants. Only 13% chose saline breast implants.
Knowing which type of breast implant is best for you can help you feel better about your procedure. At Rich & Humenansky, we always provide our patients with complete information and guidance before, during, and after their procedures. Please visit our facility in Columbia, South Carolina, for an in-person consultation. Call 803-799-3223 to set an appointment or inquire about our saline or silicone breast implant packages.