Are you interested in a breast augmentation procedure? If so, you’ll need to choose between two types of breast implants: saline and silicone implants. Both implants are made of a silicone shell, with the difference lying in the filler inside the shells. Silicone implants have a silicone gel filler, while saline implants have saline fluid as the filler.
Either implant option may be ideal for you depending on your preferences, and we provide both types for patients. Read on to learn more about saline breast implants and their benefits.
When saline implants rupture, there is a deflation and loss of volume that is immediately apparent. Rupture is thus easier to detect and corrected. With silicone implants, however, the leak can be silent, meaning there is no change to the appearance of the breasts. This makes it harder to detect and address.
When saline implants rupture and leak, the saline fluid is harmlessly absorbed inside the body. When silicone implants rupture and leak, there is some chance of complications such as silicone mastitis and calcified granulomas.
For a time, silicone implants were also thought of as being a potential risk for breast cancer. This has since been proven false. However, there are still age restrictions related to the view that silicone implants are overall riskier for one’s health. Law in the United States says that saline implants are allowable for patients 18 years or older, while silicone implants cannot be purchased by women younger than 22 years old.
One aspect of breast augmentation that patients must decide on with their plastic surgeon is the placement of the incisions that will be made. The incision location options include below the breasts (inframammary), around the areolae (periareolar), or in the armpit (transaxillary), regions that camouflage any post-surgical marks.
A benefit of saline implants is that they are inserted empty rather than full. This means that only a small incision is necessary for their insertion, whereas silicone implants often need larger incisions, as they are only inserted full.
A saline implant’s empty silicone shell is small. Because of this, it can be inserted a distance away from its final location and then placed there safely and easily. Saline implants are the preferable choice for placement using the transaxillary incision, as it is farther from the breast than the other two options.
After a saline implant is placed, it is filled with saline solution. This means that adjustments to its volume can be made after it is placed. This is not an option with silicone implants, since they are already filled before insertion.
The location of the incisions will depend on many factors, including how deep the implants are positioned in the body and where they are positioned in terms of upper or lower part of the breasts.
Find Out More About Your Implant Options
Though saline implants have a number of benefits, many women prefer silicone implants, because they are lighter and are said to feel more natural. Once you have a full understanding of the pros and cons of each type of implant, you will be ready to make your decision.
To find out more about the differences between implant types, arrange an informative consultation with experienced board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Conrad Tirre. Dr. Tirre will be happy to answer your questions. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.