Not all breast augmentation procedures are the same. Furthermore, not all breast implants are the same. When you talk about your breast augmentation during a consultation with your plastic surgeon, you will most likely discuss the two main types of breast implants. Deciding which type of implant is right for you doesn’t have to be challenging or intimidating. Your plastic surgeon will most likely have his or her own recommendation, or at least some advice to help you choose. If you want to know more about saline and silicone implants, these facts might help you make the smart choice for you.
Is There Really a Difference?
Saline and silicone breast implants aren’t just different in terms of their materials and composition, but they tend to provide patients with a different feel and consistency as well. A saline implant is filled with sterile water and will be inserted while they are empty and then filled with sterile water once they are in place. On the other hand, silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel which is a thick fluid that feels very similar to human fat cells. They are inserted in place as is, with the silicone gel already inside the implants.
How Do Saline and Silicone Implants Compare?
When stacked against each other, there are some differences between these two types of implants and how they will feel, appear, and perform when in place. Consider some of these key differences as you make your decision:
- Saline implants are available to women age 18 and older. Silicone implants are only available to patients 22 and over.
- Silicone implants feel like most like natural breast tissue, according to many surgeons and patients alike.
- Saline implants come in two varieties: fixed volume and adjustable volume.
- Silicone implants are available in many different shell surface, including smooth or textured. They can also vary in shape, profile, volume, and shell thickness.
Are Saline or Silicone Implants Riskier?
Complications, though rare, can arise after any type of surgical procedure. In the case of breast augmentation, ruptures are one of the biggest concerns and they will be handled very differently based on the type of implant you have. A ruptured saline implant will deflate as the sterile water drains into the surrounding tissue. The water can be safely absorbed by your body without any potential health risks, but surgery will be required to replace the damaged implant shell.
A ruptured silicone implant, on the other hand, may not be as obvious if it is noticeable at all, that is. Silicone leakages tend to stay trapped within the fibrous tissue of the breasts and are often referred to as “silent ruptures” because they aren’t easily detectable. Leaking silicone gel is not an immediate cause for concern, as there is no known link to long-term health problems. However, a ruptured implant could cause severe breast pain or changes in the shape of your breast. Surgical removal, and replacement if so desired, should be scheduled as soon as possible to alleviate any negative side effects.
Can You Preview Your Results to Decide?
The breast implants you choose may slightly affect your results. To get a preview of how you will likely look after your breast augmentation, Dr. Rubinstein will use the VECTRA 3D Imaging system to create a visual representation of your expected results, using a 3D photograph of you. He will then make the changes necessary to the image and display an approximate result for you to see for yourself. No matter what changes you’re hoping to make to your breasts and implants, Dr. Rubinstein will be able to approximate a preview of your optimum results with each type of implants.
Where Can You Plan Your Breast Augmentation Surgery?
For expect guidance through the planning process of your own breast augmentation, contact Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, where Dr. Ran Rubinstein can help you to achieve the surgical results you desire.
To contact Dr. Rubinstein, please call 845-863-1772. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists is located at 200 Stony Brook Court #2 in Newburgh, New York.