Silicone Versus Saline

SiliconeSo you’ve decided to pursue a breast augmentation to meet your body image goals… that’s great! Breast implants can make your breasts bigger and fuller, and the entire process can do wonders for your self-confidence.

The breast augmentation surgery process requires research and discussion with your surgeon. How big would you like your breasts to be? What shape would you like them to be? When will be the best time to have surgery?

One of the most important decisions will be whether you get silicone or saline implants. Each type of implant has its own set of pros and cons.

It’s important to keep in mind that both types of implants carry a similar set of risks, including the following:

  • Infection as a result of surgery
  • Scar tissue buildup around the implant that may distort breast shape
  • Implant leakage or full rupture
  • Breast pain
  • Loss of breast or nipple sensation, often temporary

But what differentiates one type of implant from the other? To help you along in the research process, below are descriptions of both silicone and saline implants.

Silicone Implants

Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. Typically, the silicone filling makes these types of implants more closely resemble natural breast fat. As for process, silicone implants are filled prior to insertion into the breast.

If a silicone implant ruptures, the patient may not notice for quite a while. Luckily, silicone gel isn’t known to cause health issues. However, it may eventually cause pain, and the breast shape may become distorted. In this instance, the implant can be removed and replaced.

Saline Implants

Saline breast implants are comprised of a silicone exterior and filled with sterilized salt water. The exterior is inserted into the breast, then filled.

If a saline implant ruptures, the patient is much more likely to notice as the implant essentially deflates. The fluid can seep and be absorbed into the surrounding tissue without risk of health issues. As the breast will likely loose volume, the patient can request that the existing exterior be removed and replaced with a new implant.

Remember that breast implants are safe. But it’s good to be aware of possible complications. Your surgeon will have a good idea of what may work best for you. Be sure to discuss all of your options.

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