Saline vs. Silicone Implants – How to Decide

There are several choices you need to make after you’ve decided to go through with breast enhancement surgery. Talking with your surgeon will help you decide on most of the things, like the size, shape and placement of the implants, and where the incisions will be made. Among all of the choices you need to make, the material of your implants is the one that’s pretty much all up to you. So, here are a few things you should know that will help you decide.

First of all, you need to know that breast implants might not solve all the issues you might be having with your breasts. They won’t prevent your breasts for sagging, for example, and you shouldn’t expect to have a pair of implants that will last your whole lifetime. Your new breast will require touch-ups, as you get older and your skin and tissue will start to look different.

When considering breast implants, there are three major things you need to look for – the look, the feel, and the safety. Saline implants might require a smaller incision and a smaller scar, and the material they are made from might pose less of a problem in the case of a rupture.

On the other hand, silicone implants look and feel more natural, according to the users. However, as opposed to saline implants which can be filled after being placed in the breast, silicone implants will require a larger incision to be made, which can lead to a more noticeable scar. As for the safety, the newest advances in implant materials led to a cohesive silicone gel that is unlikely to leak when the shell of the implant ruptures. Still, a lot of women find that having a more natural material in their bodies is better and safer. Saline implants are also cheaper on average than silicone implants, so if your major concerns are budgetary, saline would be the way to go.

So there you have it – silicone looks and feels more natural, but saline is a natural material which is cheaper, and it might entail less scarring. Of course, asking your surgeon might also get you some valuable information, but the bottom line is really as simple as – it all depends on what your priorities are.