It might feel like deciding to go under breast augmentation is the only major decision you must make in the lead-up to the procedure. However, during your consultation with a plastic surgeon, you may find that you’re asked a question that deserves your absolute attention:
Do you want silicone or saline implants?
If you’re not sure about the differences between the two take a look at what you need to know about silicone vs. saline implants.
Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel, which is a thick fluid that’s designed to feel like human fat. Many women often remark that silicone breasts feel more “real,” which is ideal for patients looking for a more natural appearance (they tend to “ripple” less than saline implants). Silicone itself is more expensive than sterile salt water, which is why silicone implants are more expensive than saline implants.
Some will argue that the drawback to a silicone implant is that if it ruptures, you might not notice immediately – or at all. Silicone that’s released from the implant tends to form around the implant, and while they generally keep their shape they’ll need to be treated shortly thereafter. Newer “gummy bear” silicone implants have a lower rupture rates and they can keep their shape even after rupturing.
A saline implant is filled with sterile salt water at the time of the procedure, which can often help a plastic surgeon mold and shape the implant for the best results. Like the silicone implant, saline implants are inserted beneath the breast tissue, and they feel about the same weight as silicone implants. Saline implants are filled after they are implanted, and to prevent the “rippling” surgeons often over-fill them, which leads to firmer breasts. If a saline implant ruptures, you’ll notice right away, as the implant will start immediately deflating. Your body will absorb the salt water without causing any harm to your health; however, like silicone implants, you’ll need surgery to fix the problem.
When evaluating silicone vs saline it’s important to note that a vast majority of women opt for silicone because they look and feel more natural. The FDA approved the use of silicone implants in 2006, noting that women should have an MRI every 5 years to evaluate the status of the implants. Keep in mind that even an MRI may not be completely accurate.
Some women may be nervous about their inability to know if and when a silicone implants ruptures; however, it really doesn’t pay to worry. Keep in mind that many of the products people use regularly contain silicone (hair care, deodorants, cosmetics, moisturizers & much more). Regardless of whether you opt of silicone or saline you’ll want to have your breasts frequently examined via MRI.
To learn more about which type of implant you should use in your breast augmentation procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Corbin at one of his two offices in Beverly Hills, CA and Brea, CA (serving the greater Orange County area). Just fill out the form in the top right corner or call (310)284-8384 for our Beverly Hills office or (714)671-3033 for our Brea office.