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Silicone vs Saline Implants | Which is Better?

Considering breast augmentation, you may be wondering. Discover the key differences in Silicone vs Saline Implants as an option for breast augmentation. There are several differences between both, the most common being the feel. Most women who want a more natural feeling and looking breasts will select silicone gel implants. The cost was the primary reason women would select the saline. Since making the implants the same price, 99% of our patients have selected the silicone gel. In the past, we charged less for the saline than the gel.

Silicone vs Saline Implants – Similarities and Comparison

There are several similarities to both types of implants. Saline and silicone breast implants have the same solid silicone outer shell. Both share the same safety profile and also FDA-approved. The primary difference is the substance inside the silicone shell. The saline implant contains sterile salt water. Our surgeon first inserts the empty bag and then fills the bag with sterile salt water. Silicone implants, available in various sizes, come pre-filled with silicone gel. The gel feels very similar to natural breast tissue. The majority of our patients say their breast feels very similar to a natural breast. Particularly, once they are a month out from surgery. Silicone implants also have a much lower risk of rippling than saline implants.

Silicone vs Saline Impants – Incisions

The length of the incision remains very similar regardless of the implant selected. When our surgeon performs surgery, the incision is an average of 3-4cm in length for silicone and 2-3cm for saline. Our surgeons use a device called the Keller Funnel. While performing the silicone breast augmentations which reduces the length of the incision. Additionally, reduces time in the operating room. An average silicone breast augmentation takes him approximately 25 minutes to perform, an average saline augmentation takes approximately 40 minutes.

Silicone vs Saline Implants – Raptures

What happens if your gel implant ruptures? The rupture rate is rare, with an average of 0.5% per year. If you do have a ruptured silicone implant, the implant should not lose shape or size. The silicone gel is a cohesive substance, so it will usually stay in the shell and will not travel. Implants do come with a warranty. If an MRI scan detects a rupture, it’s best to consult your surgeon.

What happens if your saline implant ruptures? The implant will deflate and your body will absorb the salt water. The breast that has the ruptured implant will go down to the size it was before surgery. Most women try to have surgery quickly so as not to live with different size breast sizes for too long.

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If you are getting a breast augmentation and want a more natural feeling and looking breast. Then we would recommend going with the silicone gel over the saline. Consulting with the plastic surgeon you choose is very important. Teach your surgeon your likes and dislikes and see what they recommend for you.

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