During your consultation for a breast augmentation surgery, one of the biggest decisions will be which implant type to choose, as both types of implants are available in similar sizes, shapes and textures. With the help of your surgeon, you will determine the options that best work for your goals and body type. Here, we break down the differences between silicone and saline implants.
Silicone gel implants
Silicone implants have an outer shell made of silicone and are pre-filled with silicone gel, so they may require a larger incision than saline implants. They are the most popular implant type because they look and feel most like natural breasts. While they’re less prone to tears than saline implants, if an implant ruptures, it will not deflate. That’s why it’s important to undergo an MRI three years after surgery and every two years after that to check for implant ruptures.
A newer silicone gel-filled implant is called the “gummy bear” implant. These have highly-cohesive, form-stable silicone gel and are produced in various shapes that simulate natural breast contours.
While not as popular as silicone implants, saline implants offer many benefits. They have a similar outer shell but do not come pre-filled. This means the incision may be smaller than with silicone gel implants. They are filled after they are inserted into the breast implant pocket, which gives the plastic surgeon some flexibility in size of the implant. This is ideal when addressing breast asymmetry.
If a saline breast implant ruptures, the implant will noticeably deflate or completely collapse, and the saline solution will be naturally absorbed by the body.
Breast augmentation surgery is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States, with more than 300,000 surgeries performed annually. If you live in the Bloomington area and you’ve been considering this surgery, call 309-323-8120 to set up a consultation.