Silicone vs Saline Breast Implants
Which Type of Implant is Right for Me?
After the decision to pursue breast augmentation, patients are faced with two important determining factors in outlining their treatment: finding the best doctor to perform their surgery and deciding which type of implant is right for them.
By choosing to undergo surgery at Summit Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Matt Chhatre’s extensive training, knowledge and artistic approach to aesthetic enhancements ensures patients receive unparalleled service and the highest quality of care. You have the made the first step towards making improved self confidence and satisfaction in your appearance a reality. Next, consult with Dr. Chhatre to discuss which choice is best for you, silicone or saline breast implants, at our Kansas City office. Take a minute to fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can to schedule an appointment.
Advantages of Silicone Breast Implants
Though both consist of an outer silicone shell and come in a wide range of sizes, saline and silicone implants differ in the material that adds volume and shape to the breast. Silicone breast implants are filled with a gel, similar in texture to molasses. Benefits of silicone breast implants include a more natural look and feel, with lesser risk of rippling of the skin. For patients who have a small to moderate amount of natural breast tissue, or are thin with little body fat, silicone breast implants blend more seamlessly with their body type.
A number of factors may deter a patient from choosing silicone breast implants. The implants themselves are slightly more expensive and state law requires candidates must be at least 22 years of age. Because silicone implants are pre-filled before insertion, a larger incision is needed to place the implant and may produce a larger scar. It is important to note that Dr. Chhatre minimizes the risk of visible scarring by making all surgical incisions in the breast crease, meaning they will naturally be hidden by the shape of the breast.
Advantages of Saline Breast Implants
As mentioned above, younger patients (under 22 years old) may prefer saline breast implants. If patients are concerned with rupturing, saline is a safer choice since the implant’s filling is simple absorbed by the body and expelled in the urine.
Benefits of saline breast implants also include a more affordable option, and if patients have a sufficient amount of natural breast tissue or a slightly larger body frame, saline implants still offer a cosmetically pleasing result.
Decide Whether Silicone or Saline Breast Implants are Right for You
During your consultation, Dr. Chhatre will discuss a number of factors – including your weight, height and body type – and how they will shape your decision to choose saline or silicone breast implants. You may also view before and after photos of real patients with breasts similar to those you’d like to achieve.
The decision to choose saline or silicone breast implants really comes down to personal preference, with our team working to educate patients on the benefits and disadvantages of each. To learn more and schedule a consultation, contact Summit Plastic Surgery & Med Spa today.