If you are considering breast implants, you may have many questions before you schedule your surgery. One of the biggest and most common questions about implant surgery usually relates to the material or make up of the implants. One important decision is whether to use silicone or saline implants. While this is a subject best discussed with your surgeon, we’ll highlight some of the most pertinent information to help make sense of the similarities and differences between these two options.
Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel, which is a thick and sticky liquid that is similar in consistency to human fat. Generally, most women feel like silicone implants look and feel more like natural breasts than saline.
As you might expect from the name, saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. A surgeon will first implant a silicone shell and, once properly placed, fill the shell with the saline solution.
Interestingly, the risks of breast implants are similar whether you choose silicone or saline. Both materials can cause breast pain and tenderness, temporary changes in the nipple, and scar tissue from the surgery can sometimes cause distortion to the shape of the implant.
Both silicone and saline implants also carry the risk of rupture. If a saline implant ruptures, you know it quickly as you will notice that your breast will change size and shape when it deflates. The saline does not hurt the body in any way and is simply absorbed, leaving you with the silicone shell in your breast. This will most likely need to be removed.
If a silicone implant ruptures, however, it might take a while before you realize it, as the leak is often very slow. While most data shows that a silicone leak does not cause any significant health risks, most surgeons suggest that you have them removed and replaced.
Breast Augmentation Surgery at Allure Plastic Surgery
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures performed in our country. It has a very high success and satisfaction rate, and a low rate of serious complications, so it’s a viable choice for women who are looking to make a change to their overall look. The team of board certified plastic surgeons at Allure Plastic Surgery of Miami are specially trained and have extensive experience with breast augmentation procedures.
Our team focuses on making a connection with our patients before the surgery to be sure that we understand their goals for surgery and that they have a realistic expectation for the potential outcome. During the surgery, our team combines precision and safety with cutting edge techniques to give our patients the best possible result. We also take special care to minimize the appearance of scarring after the healing process. General anesthesia is used for this hour long procedure and recovery time is generally about one week. Finally, if you choose to have silicone implants at Allure Miami, you will receive the highest quality silicone implants that are sold to board certified plastic surgeons. So, you can rest easy knowing that your procedure will be safe and effective.
Schedule a free consultation with one of our surgeons to learn more about the pros and cons of silicone and saline implants and which option will give you the results you’re looking for.