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Saline or Silicone- What is the Best Choice?

One question that we should search when it comes to breast implants is “silicone or saline?” Of course, not everyone is going to agree on the same answer, especially with all of the strides plastic surgeons have made in this area. Both implant types have an excellent record when it comes to safety, and both types now come in a variety of sizes. When an experienced plastic surgeon puts them in, you are looking at beautiful, natural results either way.

The better question may actually be “which type would be the best for my body?” Let’s look at both types to help you make that decision. 

The Benefits of Saline Implants

Saline implants are a great choice for women under 22-years-old, as they are FDA-approved for anyone 18 and over.  If your breasts have a good deal of natural breast tissue, you might decide to choose saline implants. This is because the tissue will cover the implant, making rippling less of an issue. 

Hate the idea of routine MRI scans? Then saline is the way to go. Women with silicone implants should have MRI scans every two to three years to check for possible ruptures. If your saline implant ruptures, the liquid is simply absorbed by the body, so routine MRIs are not required. Saline is less expensive than silicone. If cost is an issue, saline implants will be the best solution. 

If you would prefer a transaxillary incision, saline implants are the better choice. Saline implants are actually filled after they are placed, so they work well with this type of insertion. However, talk to your surgeon about the risks associated with a transaxillary incision before making this particular decision. 

The Benefits of Silicone Implants

Silicone implants will usually give you a more natural look. A skilled plastic surgeon can achieve a natural look when using saline implants, but silicone has a more “natural give” that makes them look amazing inside the breast. 

Silicone implants are also the way to go when you want your breasts to feel natural. The newest generation of silicone gel imitates the feel of your real breast closely. Saline implants can feel very firm, especially if they have to be overfilled to avoid rippling. They are also lighter than saline implants, even when they are exactly the same size. 

If you don’t have a lot of natural breast tissue, silicone may be the right choice. Many patients actually fall under this category. Silicone implants will not ripple or wrinkle as much as saline implants can and do, as their filling is much more of a vicious nature. However, even clients who do have ample breast tissue often prefer going for the more natural softness of silicone implants. 

Are you interested in shaped implants? Then silicone is the way to go. Shaped saline implants do exist, but you will not get the variety of sizes and shapes as you would with silicone. 

Talk to Your Surgeon First

A reliable, reputable plastic surgeon will take the time to explain the pros and cons of both implants. It isn’t a decision that should be rushed, so take your time and make an informed one. Dr. Nicholas Husni is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you make the decision when it comes to breast implants. Call his Ohio office today at 1-(216)-446-5727.