Saline vs. Silicone Implants: Understanding Their Unique Differences

A female patient holding a breast implant while talking to her doctorOne of the most important decisions a woman will make concerning her breast augmentation surgery is the choice of which type of breast implant to receive. Both silicone and saline implants consist of an outer silicone shell, and they are available in a number of sizes to complement your body type. It is important to realize that there is no such thing as the "best" type of breast implant. Instead, the type that is right for you will depend on several factors, such as your body type, lifestyle habits, and of course, aesthetic goals. Fortunately, respected plastic surgeon Dr. Craig Foster can help you understand the unique features of saline vs. silicone implants during a consultation at his Manhattan, NY, practice. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Advantages of Silicone Implants

Silicone breast implants come pre-filled with a thick gel that is similar in consistency to molasses. As a result, many patients feel these types of implants offer the most realistic look and feel. Their thick filler gel also makes silicone implants less prone to visible rippling than saline types. In the past, there were concerns over the safety of silicone gel. However, extensive studies have shown that leaked silicone gel does not pose a significant risk to patients, and they were approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1992. Women who want to receive silicone breast implants for non-reconstructive surgeries will need to be at least 22 years of age.

Silicone versus saline breast implants

Advantages of Saline Implants

Saline implants may be the right implant option for you if you are concerned about surgical scarring. Saline implants feature an empty shell that is filled with a saltwater solution after they are inserted into the body. This allows saline implants to be placed through smaller incisions than silicone types. Additionally, saline breast implants also enable Dr. Foster to make adjustments to the size of your implants during surgery. Unlike silicone types, saline implants are available to women 18 years and older.

Deciding on the Right Type for You

During your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Foster will review a number of factors — such as your weight, height, and body type — to help determine the type of breast implant that will best achieve your unique aesthetic goals. You can also view before and after photographs of patients to better understand the results achieved by each type. In the end, the decision between saline or silicone implants often comes down to the patient's personal preferences. Dr. Foster will work closely with you during the process, and he has many years of experience planning breast augmentation procedures, so you can be confident of your long-term satisfaction.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Breast augmentation is a highly personalized treatment that involves many important choices on the part of patients. When planning your procedure, Dr. Foster will spend the necessary time to help you make informed decisions and custom-tailor treatment to suit your needs and preferences. To learn more about the unique features of silicone and saline breast implants, schedule a consultation today.

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