One of the most frequent questions plastic surgeons get asked by patients desiring breast augmentation is whether to choose silicone vs saline implants. Most women want to know which type of breast implant is better, and why.
Silicone implants are pre-filled with a silicone gel, and require a larger skin incision than the saline implants, which are filled at the time of surgery. These implants have a smooth look and do not ripple as often occurs with saline implants. Also, women say that the silicone implants feel softer and look more natural.
Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. Saline implants can be adjusted, so the plastic surgeon can size the implants during surgery. Women, who prefer to have a natural substance in their breasts, will often choose saline implants.
Silicone vs saline implants
The silicone and saline implants have similar silicone shells on the outside. If you were to cut through the silicone implant it would hold its shape, and not flow out. This is not the case with the saline implants, the fluid drains easily if the implant is ruptured. However, when the saline filling flows into your system it will be easily absorbed, as it is merely salt water.
Saline implants will deflate as soon as they are rupture. But if silicone implants rupture it can go unnoticed for a long time, as the implants maintain their shape, and the breast may not change at all. In time, the patient may start to experience some pain in the breasts, and the breasts may also become harder.
Dr David Dorfman and Dr Kyle Song are renowned breast augmentation surgeons. South Coast Plastic Surgery is located in Irvine, CA. (Orange County) . Your surgeon will review the pros and cons of silicone vs saline implants, and then help you decide which is best for you Visit their website at www.SocoPlasticSurgery.com .