If you’ve been considering breast augmentation, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask yourself is, “Saline implants vs silicone implants: Which one is best for me?” Learning some information about each and then weighing that information with your personal preference will help you come to a decision that is best for you. Also, our doctor will provide you with information based on your current breast size and anatomy. There are some differences between saline implants vs silicone implants, along with some similarities.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants contain a natural fluid that is already found in our bodies. These implant shells are filled after placement, making a difference in the length of your incision. When it comes to implant leakage, saline shells do not leak slowly and without detection. If there is a rupture, the problem can be addressed immediately. In addition, there is no concern over the safety of saline implant rupture. The risks are slightly lower with saline breast implants than with silicone ones.

Saline implants may not appear to look or feel as natural as silicone filled implants. This is particularly true when placed in a woman who has little of her own breast tissue to surround the implant. Our doctor can help you to assess your particular situation.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are often preferred by patients for their natural appearance and feel. They are filled with a silicone gel that mimics the density and viscosity of real breast tissue. There is less chance of wrinkling or rippling of the implant after placement with silicone due to its thicker texture.

Silicone breast implants have been shown to be safe. However, there is the consideration of “silent rupture”, in which you would not know if your implant were to leak. Therefore, it’s important to have a physical exam by a physician with an MRI scan regularly to be sure your implants are intact.

How to Decide

The decision between saline implants vs silicone implants is a very personal one. You will want to decide which factor is most important to you. Speak with our doctor at the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Laser Center of Maryland for advice on which type of implant would work best with your current breast characteristics, your body frame and the amount of volume you wish to gain.

Both saline and silicone breast implants are safe and provide the advantage of added cup size that looks quite natural. During a consultation at our office in Hanover, you can begin the process of enhancing your appearance and focus on doing something great for yourself. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.