There are two main types of breast implants available for augmentation patients – silicone and saline. Both implants have been used in cosmetic surgery for many years. They have a reputation for reliability and dependability, and they have a great success rate. So if you’re choosing to get implants, how do you know which material is best for you?
The Basics of Silicone Implants
Silicone is a material that you encounter every day. It can be treated and shaped to serve any number of purposes, including as a breast implant. These implants have a tough outer shell that is made of silicone and are filled with a silicone gel. They come in several different shapes and sizes, which is important because breasts also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The surgeon and patient choose the implant based on how the patient wants their breasts to look after surgery.
The Basics of Saline Implants
Saline is a saltwater solution that is also used in a number of ways. If you’ve ever had to rinse your nasal sinuses, you’ve used saline. This solution can be found in science, medicine, and manufacturing. Saline breasts implants also have a tough outer layer, but they look more like a deflated plastic bag. Instead of coming in a preformed shape, the implants each have a small range of sizes. They are placed inside the patient empty and then are carefully filled with the saline solution until they reach the desired size.
How the Implants Look
Both silicone and saline implants can look and feel natural depending on their placement and proportion. Larger implants have to go on top of your muscles in order to fit under your breasts, whereas smaller implants are placed under the muscles in your chest. When the implant is under your muscles, the placement helps them appear more natural.
Silicone implants tend to look slightly more natural than saline implants. Saline ones tend to appear perkier or bouncier, while silicone ones tend to have a firmer look. However, both types are known for creating healthy, natural-looking breasts.
How Safe is Silicone?
There was a period where silicone breast implants were taken off the market due to safety issues. They have since returned for use in cosmetic surgery and are considered safer than ever. There is still a level of risk involved with silicone implants, especially if they rupture. When a saline implant ruptures, the solution is absorbed by your body and the implant just needs to be replaced. Rupture with saline implants is fairly obvious as the breast visibly deflates. With silicone implants, a tear or rupture may be less noticeable.
No matter which type of implant you choose, there will be a risk of complications with the surgery itself. Possible concerns are implant rejection, capsular contracture, infection, and nerve damage. These complications are extremely rare, but you should still discuss them with your surgeon.
Making Your Decision
When you have your patient consultation with your surgeon, they will recommend a type of implant based on what size and shape you want for your breasts. Some plastic surgeons have their own personal preferences based on their own experiences, but as a patient you make the final decision. Be sure to ask lots of questions and get all the necessary information. Do your own research and see how other patients feel about their implants. Learn about the different benefits and concerns for each implant type. Once you have all the information you need, you’ll feel more comfortable about making this decision. Remember, your doctor will be with you every step of the way to help you understand and go through this process.
Breast Augmentation at the Masri Clinic
The Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery offers a variety of surgical and nonsurgical procedures, including breast augmentation. Dr. Haitham Masri has more than two decades of experience as a cosmetic surgeon. He has experience with both saline and silicone implants and offers both options in his practices. To schedule a free patient consultation at the Masri Clinic, call (866) 487-3223 or send your information through the Contact page.