Posted December 15, 2017 in Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is a highly customizable procedure. You have to make several decisions before undergoing breast augmentation, including whether to place the implants over or under the pectoral muscle, where your incisions should be created, and what size implants you want. You will also need to decide if you prefer silicone or saline implants. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to implant type, but there are some things to consider before making a decision.
Silicone implants are composed of a silicone shell filled with silicone gel. They are FDA approved for surgical enhancement in patients age 22 and older.
- Look and Feel: Silicone implants have a more natural look and feel than saline implants. They are designed to mimic breast tissue more accurately.
- Less Rippling: Silicone implants are less likely to produce a rippled appearance than saline implants.
- Less Likely to Rupture: Statistically, silicone implants have a lower rupture rate and do not deflate the same way that saline implants do.
Saline implants are composed of a silicone shell filled with sterile saline solution. They are FDA approved for surgical enhancement in patients age 18 and older.
- Lower Cost: Saline implants are more cost-efficient than silicone implants.
- Adjustable Size: The size of saline implants can be adjusted during surgery to create the most symmetrical breast profile.
- Smaller Scars: Because saline implants are filled after insertion, they require a smaller incision and produce smaller scars than silicone implants.
What Type of Implant Should I Choose?
The best way to decide which implant type is most suitable for your needs and cosmetic desires is to schedule a private consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During your discussion, you and your surgeon will go over your options and come up with a surgical plan tailored to your preferences.