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Saline or Silicone? Why Choose One Over the Other for Breast Augmentation?

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The decision to have a breast augmentation is exciting and comes with a lot to consider. Breasts come in all different sizes and shapes, and the right plastic surgeon will help guide their patients in choosing the right fit for their specific body type. When a woman decides to include an implant in her procedure, there are two common options, silicone or saline. Looking at the choices leads to the question, “What are the differences between the two types of implants?” New Jersey area women often inquire about the difference between the two different types and want to know which is best suited for them. Ultimately, women want the results of their breast augmentation surgery to look and feel natural.

The board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group in Florham Park, NJ, are highly skilled and experienced in performing breast augmentations. Their expertise helps women navigate their decisions towards a final result they will love. Whether you choose silicone or saline implants, breast augmentation surgery can dramatically alter a woman’s breasts to be fuller and shapelier. They can help a woman feel sexier and regain her self-confidence while enjoying a shapelier silhouette. Below is some helpful information regarding saline and silicone implants which will help you feel armed with a bit more knowledge when it is time to make your own decision.

Concerns regarding silicone implant safety

Both silicone and saline implants have been used since the 1960s. Silicone implants are often the more popular choice due to their more natural look and feel. These implants were briefly removed from the market due to concerns that they contributed to autoimmune disorders. However, following an investigation, there was no evidence of support to validate those reports. The FDA removed the ban, and silicone implants were redesigned. Many women may still remember those days and question their safety. Research has shown that there is no increased risk of autoimmune disorders due to silicone implants.

Silicone implants - natural in look and feel

One of the most significant advantages to silicone implants is their natural look and feel. While both implants are designed to look and feel natural, silicone implants are known for their more natural aesthetic appearance. Also, if you have ever noticed someone's breast implants seem to appear wrinkled or rippled, they most likely have saline implants. Silicone implants are less likely to cause this unattractive ripple-effect and are softer in appearance.

Less scarring with saline implants

One difference between silicone and saline implants is regarding the size of the incision made to insert the implants and the resulting scars. Saline implants can be inserted into the breast unfilled and then are filled with the saline solution after implantation to the desired ccs to give women the exact volume and symmetry. This style of implant enables smaller incisions to be made versus already pre-filled silicone implants which require a larger incision to place the pre-filled implant into the breast area. The board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group have more freedom when it comes to selecting the location of incision lines when using saline implants. This versatility enables the doctors to minimize scarring by choosing the perfect hiding spot.

Being aware … the difference in saline vs silicone implant ruptures

New Jersey area women will enjoy the benefits of their new breast implants for many years to come. However, it is important to note that implants do not last forever, and revision surgery is possible. In some cases, women may experience the rupture of one of their breast implants. While rare, it is good to be aware of the differences between silicone and saline breast implant ruptures.

Ruptured saline implant

The good news about saline implant ruptures is that it is detectable within a few hours. Your implant will noticeably deflate, and your breasts will lose their volume and shape. Saline ruptures do not pose any health risks, and your body will naturally absorb the liquid. Surgery to remove the ruptured shell is necessary, and at that point, you may decide to replace your implant.

Ruptured silicone implant

Unlike saline, a ruptured silicone implant is much more challenging to detect. Even though the shell itself has ruptured, the nature of the silicone substance does not allow for it spread as freely as saline. Yearly MRIs are recommended to check the health of your implant and look for leaks or ruptures. Some patients report breast pain as a side effect of the leak. In the case of a silicone rupture, surgery is required to remove the implant shell and silicone.

Longevity

New Jersey area patients who have undergone breast augmentation may have to consider having one or both breast implants replaced over time. Typically, most implants can last up to 10 years. However, many women can enjoy the benefits of their implants for years often well past the benchmark. After breast augmentation surgery, it is essential to schedule checkups with your plastic surgeon, who will ensure they still look, feel, and function normally. Both silicone and saline implants have the same longevity.

If you have been researching breast augmentation surgery, you have probably read a lot of information about the different implant styles available to you. The board-certified plastic surgeons at the Peer Group in Florham Park, NJ are among the leading cosmetic experts in the New Jersey area. Their guidance can help you select the right implant, whether it is saline or silicone, for your aesthetic goals. Call or schedule your breast augmentation consultation with a plastic surgeon at The Peer Group today.

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