Have you made the decision to have breast augmentation, but you’re having a hard time trying to decide if you should get saline or silicone implants. It’s important to get as much information about both types of implants during consultation with your plastic surgeon, before making a final decision.
Should I Get Saline or Silicone Implants?
Saline implants have an outer shell of silicone and are filled with sterile salt water. However, saline implants are inserted empty and filled at the time of surgery, so the size can be adjusted after placement. When saline implants rupture, the saltwater leaks out causing them to deflate, so it’s very easy to tell when a rupture has occurred.
Silicone implants are also made with a silicone shell, but are filled with silicone gel. Silicone implants are prefilled, and are generally softer, so patients say they feel a lot like natural breast tissue. However, if a silicone implant ruptures, the gel does not leak, so it often takes an ultrasound or MRI to determine if the implant has ruptured.
In determining whether you should get saline or silicone implants, consider the following:
- Saline implants are FDA approved for women 18 years and older, whereas silicone implants are approved for women 22 years and older.
- Silicone implants are generally more expensive than saline implants.
- Saline implants are more likely to ripple.
- There are usually no symptoms when a silicone implant tears, and leaking silicone can cause complications in certain parts of the body.
Would you like to learn more about saline and silicone implants?
If you are in the San Francisco or Walnut Creek areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Andrew Barnett, M.D. for a consultation.
You can reach Dr. Barnett at www.drbarnett.com, or by calling (415) 879-8735.