HOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN SILICONE & SALINE BREAST IMPLANTS
As hundreds of thousands of women continue to seek out breast augmentation, “Silicone or Saline?” is becoming as popular as the age-old question, “Paper-or-Plastic?” So which type of breast implant is right for you? Here is a head-to-head comparison of both implants to help you with your decision.
SILICONE VS SALINE
Silicone and saline implants are both made with a silicone outer shell. It is what is inside the implant that sets the two apart.
Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel. This gel is intended to mimic the consistency and texture of natural human tissue.
On the other hand, saline implants are put into place before being filled with a sterilized saltwater solution.
HOW SAFE ARE THEY?
Saline and silicone implants are both FDA approved. Despite myths that you may have come across, neither implant has been associated with disease of connected tissue, breast cancer, or any reproductive issues. Saline implants are approved for patients 18 and older, whereas silicone implants have only been approved for those older than 22. However, both types are been approved for breast reconstruction patients of all ages.
WHY YOU MAY CHOOSE EITHER TYPE
The Advantages of Saline Implants
- Saline implants are less expensive.
- The surgery for saline implants leaves less noticeable scars.
- If a rupture were to happen, saline is natural to the human body and is unlikely to cause a major health issues. A rupture is also far easier to detect in the case of saline implants.
- If you are considering submuscular placement, saline implants often work best.
The Advantages of Silicone Implants
- Many women believe that silicone offers more natural looking and feeling results.
- Silicone implants are less prone to rippling or wrinkling.
- If you are considering subglandular placement, silicone implants provide for a more natural transition when placed closer to the skin surface.
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