Saline vs. Silicone Implants
- Posted on: Jan 27 2014
Do you look in the mirror and see small, drooping breasts? Would you like to enjoy fuller, perkier breasts that better fill out your clothes and provide you with a more flattering silhouette? Undergoing breast augmentation is a way to improve the appearance of your bust. If you are considering breast implants, an important decision Minneapolis patients will have to make is whether to get saline or silicone breast implants.
Types of Implants
Each type of implant has its benefits and drawbacks, and you will have to determine which type works best for you and your lifestyle.
The first step in deciding what type of implant is right for you is finding a renowned plastic surgeon. A qualified doctor will help you make the best informed decision possible by discussing your options and providing you with the necessary information in order to help you achieve the outcome you desire from breast augmentation.
Properties of Saline and Silicone Implants
Each type of implant is unique in terms of its material and look as well as how it is inserted into the body. Saline implants are empty when inserted into the body. They are then filled with sterile salt water once in place. Silicone implants are pre-filled with a synthetic polymer gel, a thick liquid substance, then inserted into the breast. Both types of implants pose potential health risks such as scarring, infection, leaks, or ruptures.
How to Decide Between Saline and Silicone Implants?
Both saline and silicone implants come with their benefits and drawbacks. When deciding which option is best for you, it is important to take the following factors into consideration:
- Age: Saline implants are available to women age 18 and up, while silicone implants are available to women who are 22 and above.
- Budget: Silicone implants are on average more expensive than saline implants.
- Desired outcome: Saline implants are considered to be less natural looking and are more likely to wrinkle, while silicone implants provide a more natural look and texture since they are made of a material that closely resembles human fat.
- Incision size: The incision size for saline implants is smaller since they are inserted empty then filled once in place. Silicone implants require a larger incision since they are filled before insertion.
- Risks: In the event of an implant rupture, saline is absorbed into the body with no health risks or pain. The silicone gel is designed to stay in place, making ruptures less obvious. Whether saline or silicone, the breast shape and size may be compromised, and the implant will need to be removed surgically.
Learn More about Saline vs. Silicone Implants
If you are ready to feel more confident by providing yourself with a flattering feminine figure, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kovanda today. Whether achieved with saline or silicone, you can get the beautiful and full bust you desire today. Dr. Kovanda and his staff can help you determine which type of implant best suits your body and lifestyle.