When women go in for a breast augmentation consultation one of the first questions they ask is – ‘Should I choose silicone or saline breast implants?’ The answer to this question is really based on personal choice. Nevertheless, there are several factors that can be considered in arriving at a decision, such as how natural the implants look and feel.
Which implant looks and feels more natural?
Generally, both silicone and saline breasts implants can look natural. However, the saline implants are often more visible in the upper pole of the breast, making the breast enhancement more noticeable. The silicone implants tend to feel more like natural breast tissue. For this reason they are a better choice for women with inadequate tissue to cover the implant.
Which implant will rupture?
Both saline and silicone implants can rupture. However, when saline implants rupture it is very evident, because the implant deflates. On the other hand, when silicone implants rupture the gel does not drain out. Therefore a woman may be unaware of the rupture for a long time, unless an MRI or similar imaging study is done to confirm it. Saline implants are a better choice for women concerned about the possibility of a rupture.
Which implant requires a larger incision?
Silicone implants are filled before surgery, and consequently require a larger incision than saline implants, which are filled at the time of surgery.
Both silicone gel-filled implants and saline implants are available in various sizes, and are considered safe. In terms of cost, saline implants are cheaper.
You can contact Rocheford Plastic Surgery in Woodbury, MN, to find out more about silicone vs saline breast implants. Please call 651-739-1100 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heather Rocheford.