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Should you get a Silicone Implant or a Saline Implant?

Posted Jul 28 2012 10:22am

After a woman has decided that she wants to undergo a breast implant procedure, the next step for her would be to determine whether she wants silicone breast implants or saline breast implants. However, due to modern technology engineering silicone and saline implants in such a way that allows for the safer and more effective construction of pretty much any breast shape and size that the patient desires, this decision is one that is neither easy to make nor one that should be taken lightly.

The main thing to keep in mind while deciding between silicone or saline implants is that this is a choice that is highly personal- what you will decide will ultimately depend upon the look and feel of the breast that you’re ultimately trying to achieve, the amount of money you are willing to spend on a Boston breast augmentation, and your own particular beliefs about silicone vs. saline.

Both silicone and saline implants use a flexible, solid silicone shell in order to house its silicone gel and saline solution, respectively. The silicone gel used in silicone breast implants do not cause serious side effects, contrary to popular belief, meaning that in the event that they rupture, the most that it will do is cause the patient some mild discomfort and/or pain, and not lead to the development of any diseases, especially autoimmune diseases. The saline solution found in saline implants is essentially sterile saltwater, meaning that it is molecularly and chemically similar enough in structure to the liquid that makes up most of the human body to be harmlessly absorbed by the human body in case of saline leak or rupture.

Because saline leaks/ruptures are much easier to detect than silicone leaks/ruptures, it is recommended that women who have silicone implants get an MRI three years after their implant procedure, with subsequent MRIs every two years thereafter, in order to ensure that their implants have neither leaked nor ruptured.

Saline breast implants are widely considered to feel harder than breast tissue, giving saline implants the impression that they look and feel dissimilar to actual breast tissue and has the higher potential of developing rippling than silicone breast implants. However, plastic surgeons can remedy this issue by placing the saline breast implant behind the breast muscle and slightly overfilling it, giving it a softer and more natural look.

Even though silicone implants naturally feel like real breast tissue, it is more expensive than saline implants and requires a larger incision than saline implants to insert within the breast. This is because silicone implants come in pre-filled shells that are directly inserted into the patient’s breast, thereby requiring quite a large incision. But saline implants are filled with saline by the Boston plastic surgeon after they have been inserted into the breast- saline implants typically come empty and deflated.

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