Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. During this surgery, breast implants are placed in the breasts. Saline and silicone breast implants are mostly used for this purpose. Choosing the appropriate type is a crucial, confusing and important decision. Though, plastic surgeon’s guidance is important for this purpose, you should also know about the differences, similarities and pros and cons of saline and silicone breast implants. This will help you select the most appropriate type for you. Each type has its own pros and cons and there is no clear way to say which type is better and every patient must select the appropriate type depending on personal goals and preferences. Have a look on comparison between both the types of implants.
Age requirement: Women having age of 18 years or more are suitable for having saline breast implants but for having silicone breast implants, you must be 22 or more.
Placement options: Breast implants can be placed either above the pectoral muscles, beneath the breast tissues or below the pectoral muscles. Mostly, silicone implants are recommended for those women who want to have breast implants on muscles. However, saline implants can also be placed between breast tissues and pectoral muscles.
Look and feel: Both the types of implants give natural looking results, especially when placed above the pectoral muscles but generally, silicone implants provide with more natural look and feel. This is because they are made of cohesive silicone gel that has same suppleness and weight as that of natural breast tissues. On the other hand, saline implants do not have this look and feel.
Candidacy for breast implants: Patients who have little natural breast tissue are suitable for having silicone gel implants because they are softer and less prone to rippling. Saline implants are suitable for those women who have asymmetrical breasts because their volume can be adjusted.
Incisions and scarring: Saline breast implants are filled with saline solution after insertion. Therefore, they require small incisions and are called invisible scar breast augmentation. On the other hand, silicone gel breast implants are inserted pre-filled and require comparatively longer incisions resulting in visible scarring. Furthermore, there are more for making incisions for saline implants placement. On the other hand, silicone implant can be placed through incision made in the breast fold only.
Rupture: There is no other way to detect implant rupture with silicone implants except regular MRIs. This is because silicone implants rupture silently without causing flattening. On the other hand, saline implants do not require any MRI as they flatten on rupture.
Cost: Silicone breast implants are more expensive than saline breast implants. Furthermore, in case of silicone implants, requirement of regular MRIs also increases the cost of breast augmentation surgery.
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