Saline Breast Implants vs. Silicone Gel Breast Implants
By Patricia Berbari on December 30, 2013
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgery options out there, and with good reason. By enhancing the size or improving the shape/contour of the bustline, women can enhance their curves and look their absolute best in the process. Even a subtle change in cup size can lead to a much enhanced appearance.
There are two common options available used for breast augmentation surgery: saline breast implants and silicone breast implants. We'd like to take a moment right now to consider the various pros and cons related to saline breast implants and silicone breast implants.
What are silicone breast implants?
Silicone breast implants are implants that consist of a silicone shell filled with silicone gel. For a few years, silicone breast implants were taken off the market in the US. After years of research with regard to safety, they were approved for use by the FDA.
The Pros and Cons of Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants offer very natural results with regard to their texture and their appearance. This is one of the reasons that so many women opt for silicone breast implants.
While the results are quite natural, silicone breast implants can be harmful in the case of breast implant rupture or leakage. The silicone gel is toxic, so it's important that patients be attentive in the case of implant rupture (commonly caused by falls and major impacts to the chest area). Following implant rupture, women with breast implants should contact the proper people for emergency care so that the matter can dealt with in a timely fashion..
What are saline breast implants?
For a few years, saline breast implants were the only implants that were used in the US for breast augmentation surgery. These implants consist of a silicone shell that is filled with a saline solution.
The Pros and Cons of Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are very safe. In the case of breast implant rupture, the saline solution disperses and is absorbed into the system harmlessly. The saline leaks faster than silicone gel, so ruptures and leaks are quicker to detect as well. The saline solution also allows for hidden incisions to be used during the surgical process.
While the results of saline breast implants are good, they sometimes do not feel as natural as silicone breast implants. There are also issues with rippling to consider, which involves the implant being visible through the skin.
Which kind of breast implants are right for me?
Patients have different needs to consider when it comes to breast implants, and it's important that we consider all of these matters during the consultation process. There are also cohesive gel breast implants which can be used, which involve specially layered silicone gel that does not leak; texture and appearance of these cohesive gel implants is often even more natural in terms of results.
During your consultation process, we'll be sure to consider all of your aesthetic goals and provide you with answers to all of your questions about the surgical process.
Learn More About Breast Augmentation and Enhancement
For more information about your many different options for breast augmentation and enhancement, be sure to contact our Gatineau cosmetic plastic surgery center today. During your consultation, we will be sure to go over all of your options for advanced surgical care so that you can make well-informed decisions about all of your aesthetic options.
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