If you are considering breast enlargement surgery, choosing which implant material is right for you will be one of the biggest pre-surgical choices you will need to make. There are two types of implants, saline and silicone, that can be used during the breast augmentation procedure. Review the following information to learn more about breast implant materials.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants have been approved for use in cosmetic breast enlargement procedures for patients over the age of 18. Filled with a sterile salt water solution, saline breast implants can be filled to just the right amount for you to achieve the look you desire.
Some patients believe that saline breast implants may not feel as natural as silicone implants; however, this has improved over the years because of advancements in the implant placement and the flexibility to control the implant’s volume. Also, in the event of a leak or rupture, saline breast implants will quickly deflate and alert the patient to the problem. The saline solution can easily and safely be absorbed into the body after the breast implant deflates.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants have been approved for use in cosmetic breast enlargement procedures for patients over the age of 22. Silicone implants are very popular due to their more natural results. The implants are filled with a silicone gel with elastic tendencies to allow it to feel more like real breast tissue. However, unlike saline implants, silicone breast implants are prefilled and may require a larger incision to be placed.
The primary concern about silicone breast implants is implant rupture. The implant shell is sturdy, so these will not collapse if they rupture and it may be hard to detect if leakage occurs. If your silicone implant begins to leak, the gel may not remain in a confined area and can spread. It’s important to have regular mammograms to monitor for signs of silicone implant rupture.
For more information on the breast augmentation procedure, schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic surgeon to review your goals.