If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, you’re probably going to think long and hard when trying to decide between silicone gel vs saline implants. It’s best to consult with your plastic surgeon and get all the facts you need, to determine which type of implant is the better choice for you.

Silicone Gel Implants
Silicone implants consist of a gel that has a relatively thick consistency.  Women often prefer silicone gel implants, because they offer a more natural feelwhen compared to saline implants.

Saline Implants
Saline breast implants have a solid silicone shell, and are filled with sterile salt water. Unlike silicone implants that are pre-filled, saline implants are filled when they are implanted.

Which is better?
The choice of implants depends on several factors such as the placement of the implants, and your aesthetic goals. Your plastic surgeon will review the pros and cons of both types of implants with you, and help you decide.

Here are some important facts to bear in mind.

  • Silicone implants are recommended for women who don’t have a lot of natural breast coverage, as there will be less chance of visible rippling.
  • Downward displacement is less likely to occur with silicone implants, since they are lighter.
  • Gel implants are somewhat more expensive than saline implants.
  • When silicone implants rupture, the gel stays together and does not migrate to other parts of the body, which makes it difficult to detect a rupture. Saline implants deflate when ruptured because the filling immediately leaks out.
  • Silicone implants are recommended for women 22 years of age and older, while saline implants are recommended for women 18 years and older.

Contact Gallaher Plastic Surgery& Spa MD with locations in Powell, Knoxville, and Crossville, Tennessee, for more information on breast augmentation. Call 865-671-3888 today to set up a consultation.