Between Saline and Silicone Implants: Which to Choose?

shutterstock_108309083Congratulations on finally deciding to get a breast augmentation and giving yourself the chance to feel better when wearing a low-neckline tee. However, there is still one question that will put your decision-making ability to a test. Which type of implant should you choose: saline implants or the silicone ones? This seems to be a daunting question, especially if you have no idea of their differences.

Getting to Know Saline and Silicone Implants

Both of these types of implants are similar when it comes to their outer silicone shell. It is in their material and consistency that they differ. Saline breast implants consist of sterile saline solution or salt water. When inserted to the breast pockets, they are initially empty. They are then filled once in their proper position.

On the other hand, silicone implants are already pre-filled. They consist of silicone gel, a material that closely feels like natural human fat. In fact, many patients report that silicone implants feel more like their normal breasts.

Implant Rupture

When a saline implant ruptures, it usually deflates, significantly changing the shape and size of the affected breast. The saline solution that was in the implant shell is easily absorbed by the body and does not pose any health risks. However, the inflated silicone shell may still have to be removed through surgery.

Meanwhile, a ruptured silicone implant may not produce noticeable symptoms right away since the leaked silicone gel tends to get trapped in a capsule that is formed around the breast implant. Although there is no certainty that it can cause long-term health problems, a ruptured silicone implant may cause breast pain or eventually cause a change in breast shape.

Breast Augmentation in Sun Valley, ID

Learn more about the pros and cons of silicone and saline breast implants and make a well-informed decision with the guidance of Dr. Crais. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Crais today by calling us at 208-788-7700.

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