Saline versus Silicone Breast Implants

black braIf you are considering getting breast implants from Dr. Hanna, one of the leading board certified plastic surgeons in NC, you are probably wondering what the difference between saline and silicone filled implants are. Read this blog to learn more!

Saline and silicone breast implants both have a silicone shell but they differ in material and consistency.

Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water and are inserted into your body empty. Once they are properly positioned, Dr. Hanna will then fill them. They are usually less expensive and can be adjusted to your desired size. This offers a wide range of options for implant diameter and size. Saline breast implants also can sometimes leave shorter scars than silicone ones. Also, if they rupture, you will know right away and the saline solution will be absorbed by your body, usually a harmless process. However, some people believe that saline implants do not feel as natural as silicone ones. Saline implants are recommended for women 18 and older.
Silicone breast implants come pre-filled with silicone gel. Because of this material, silicone breasts feel and look more natural. They also have less of a chance of wrinkling or rippling which make them a great choice for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Silicone is also lighter than saline and as a result; there is a lower risk of sagging or drooping breasts from gravity. One thing to note is that silicone breast implants can break and unlike a saline implant, silicone implants can have a “silent rupture”. Because of this, you may have to get regular MRIs to ensure the implants are in good condition.

Both implants have their advantages and disadvantages so it really is a personal preference. If you have smaller breasts that you want to enhance, you may want to go with silicone so it looks more natural. However, saline is less maintenance in the sense that if it does rupture, you will know immediately.

If you are interested in breast augmentation in Cary, NC, please trust in Dr. Hanna, the leading plastic surgeon in NC.

To schedule your first $35 consultation, give our professional staff a call today at either of the following numbers: 919-233-1933 or 984-221-0403.