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Silicone Implants vs. Saline Implants

November 20, 2017

Silicone vs. Saline Implants

If you’re interested in breast augmentation, one thing you may not have considered is that there are actually multiple types of implants.

In general, the two options available are silicone vs. saline, but what are the differences between the two?

Both Can Look Natural…

Don’t believe the hype that one or the other is the natural looking kind of implant. While many believe silicone to look more natural, with enough expertise saline can look just as natural as silicone.

In general the implant should be matched to the patient’s aesthetic goals and desires, while the doctor also looks out for the patient’s health.

What other differences are there? For one, saline implants are available to anyone over the age of 18, while you have to be 22 to receive silicone. Saline has the advantage of being adjustable after the operation.

Meanwhile, silicone’s higher viscosity makes it easier to create a natural looking slope to the breast form–whereas saline implants can give off a roundish appearance.

Baffled Saline Implants Make Up For the Difference

However, if the patient prefers saline implants, they can opt for “baffled” saline implants. Baffling layers the implant so that the saline flows in different directions–giving it a more natural look and feel that is often attributed to silicone.

Patients might prefer saline implants because they are in fact made of the more “natural” substance. While silicone is eminently safe, some women take comfort in the fact that saline is a solution easily absorbed by the body.

In the end, while there are a number of pros and cons to each side, both are quite excellent choices–and it all depends on what the patient exactly wants out of their experience.

Interested in breast augmentation but don’t know where to start? Call Washingtonian Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation with Dr. Navin Singh today.

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