Saline vs. Silicone: The Difference Between Breast Implants | Washingtonian Plastic Surgery
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If you are considering breast augmentation, you likely have a number of things on your mind and decisions to make.

These choosing a qualified and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon and selecting the implant type that best meets your needs and goals.

So, how do you know if saline or silicone implants are right for you?

Continue reading for a comparison between saline vs. silicone and discussion on the difference between breast implants.

Saline vs. Silicone – Composition of Breast Implants

Saline implants are composed of a silicone shell that is filled intraoperatively with sterile saltwater to achieve desired volume.

Silicone breast implants are made of a cohesive silicone gel and are available in smooth or textured as well as round or anatomical shape.

Saline vs. Silicone – Indications

If you’re wondering, “What’s the difference between breast implants?” you’ll be pleased to know that saline and silicone breast implants are both FDA-approved for reconstruction in patients of all ages.

When it comes to breast augmentation, saline implants are cleared for individuals 18 and older, and silicone implants are cleared for individuals 22 and older.

Saline vs. Silicone – Look and Feel of Implants

In terms of saline vs. silicone, silicone breast implants typically offer a softer feel and more natural appearance. They are also less likely to display rippling when compared to saline implants.

Saline vs. Silicone – Incision Length

One of the key benefits of saline implants is that they can be placed with a very small incision and minimal scarring. The incision for silicone implants tends to be a bit longer at approximately two-to-two-and-a-half inches.

Saline vs. Silicone – Detecting Leaks

In the event that a saline implant experiences a leak, it will cause the implant to deflate and can be noted immediately.

Whereas a leak in a silicone implant is silent and requires an MRI for detection. For this reason, it’s recommended that patients with silicone implants undergo periodic imaging of their implants.

Learn More About the Difference Between Breast Implants

The best way to determine which implant type is right for you is to schedule an in-person consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Navin Singh.

He will carefully assess your individual concerns, anatomy, preferences, and goals in order to make a recommendation and create a customized plan for your breast augmentation.

To schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Singh, please call our office today.