Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants

A doctor holding a breast implantIf you decide to enhance the size and shape of your breasts with breast augmentation surgery, you will be faced with the important decision of which type of implants to receive. There are two primary types of implants: saline and silicone. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution, while silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel. It is important to understand that neither type is considered the best. Rather, the type of implant that is right for you depends on your unique goals and preferences. Dr. John W. Tyrone can help you weigh the benefits of silicone vs. saline breast implants during a personal consultation at his Jacksonville, FL, practice. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Choosing the Right Type of Implant

Depending on your specific goals and preferences, Dr. Tyrone will recommend either saline or silicone breast implants. Both types have several unique advantages and can provide optimal results, depending on your goals.

Benefits of Saline Implants

Saline implants are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for women who 18 years old and over. The advantages of saline implants include:

  • Smaller incisions and less scarring: Saline implants are placed in the breast before being filled with the saltwater solution. Because the implants are inserted while they are still empty, they require relatively small incisions, resulting in less scarring.
  • Greater customization: Since the saline solution is added after the implants are in place, the volume can be adjusted during the procedure.
  • Simpler revision: In the event of a rupture, the saline solution is harmlessly absorbed by the body in one or two days. A ruptured saline implant typically results in a noticeable deflation of the breast, immediately alerting you so that you can seek prompt treatment. Removing and replacing a saline implant is also relatively simple.

Benefits of Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are approved by the FDA for women ages 22 and older. Many women choose silicone implants because they:

  • Can achieve an extremely natural look: The gel used in silicon implants helps to prevent rippling, which can affect the outward appearance of the breast. Additionally, because silicone is lighter than saline, these types of implants carry a lower risk of downward displacement than saline implants of a similar size.
  • Are available in different shapes: Silicone implants are available in both round and tear drop shapes. 
  • Feature a highly realistic texture: Silicone gel closely mimics the texture of natural breast tissue, providing what many women believe is a softer and more natural feel.

Implants and Capsular Contracture

Following your surgery, scar tissue will naturally form around the implants as a part of the healing process. In some rare cases, the scar tissue will tighten around an implant, creating a condition known as capsular contracture. This can result in the breast feeling firm, unnatural, or even painful. Silicone breast implants have a slightly higher rate of capsular contracture than those filled with saline. No matter which type of implant you have, this condition is treatable with a simple procedure.

Contact Us Today

With breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Tyrone will apply his artistic surgical skills and the latest techniques to help you achieve a larger, fuller bust line. Contact our practice today to schedule your consultation.

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