Saline vs silicone implants: which is better? When it comes to breast augmentation surgery, the choice regarding the types of breast implants to use is one of the most important decisions you will have to make. However, your plastic surgeon is there to provide the information and advice you need to make the choice that’s right for you.
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water, but the outer shell is made of solid silicone. Saline implants are available to women 18 years of age and older.
Silicone implants are filled with a fairly thick silicone gel. These implants are available to women 22 years of age and older.
Which is better?
Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each type of breast implant, before you decide.
Women have expressed a marked preference for silicone breast implants, because they feel a lot more like real breast tissue. There is also less chance of rippling with these implants, so they are generally recommended for women with a smaller amount of natural breast tissue. Silicone implants are not easily displaced, because they are lighter than their saline counterparts.
On the other hand, saline implants are filled when they are implanted, which gives surgeons the flexibility to adjust the size at the time of surgery. Also, the rupture of a saline implant can be easily detected, as the saline leaks out and the implant deflates. It’s difficult to identify when silicone implants rupture, because the gel stays in place.
Are you interested in learning more about breast augmentation surgery? Contact board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Correa at Correa Plastic surgery, The Woodlands, TX, also serving the greater Houston area. Call 281-419-9119 today for a consultation.