How to Choose Between Silicone and Saline Implants
- 02 May 2016
Now that you have decided to undergo breast augmentation, one of your major concerns is what type of implant you are going to use. You have probably heard stories about ruptured implants that cause massive infections in the body, so you know how important it is to choose the right implant for your breasts.
In terms of surface, you can choose between smooth and textured implants, depending on the hardness that you want to achieve. Textured implants have thick shells with rough surfaces, which give them a hard surface and a more visible rippling effect. On the other hand, smooth-shelled implants give a more natural feel, although they are more likely to harden in the long run. Implants also come either rounded or shaped. Women who undergo breast augmentation for purely cosmetic reasons prefer rounded implants because of their symmetry and fullness. However, those who want a more natural breast augmentation effect opt for shaped or teardrop implants, which are very popular among women undergoing breast reconstruction. But by far the biggest issue in choosing breast implants is its content or composition. You can choose between saline and silicone implants, which both produce excellent results. However, they also have distinct differences, advantages, and risks. Keep on reading to learn more about these two breast implant types.
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Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are comprised of silicone shells filled with a solution of water and salt. Once placed inside the breasts, your plastic surgeon can reduce or increase the amount of saline fluid in the implant with the use of a syringe. That means your right and left breast implants can be filled differently to adjust for any mild asymmetry in existing breast volume.
You only need a small incision in saline implants since your plastic surgeon will use a removable tube to fill them with saline solution once they are placed inside your breasts. It is completely safe even in the case of rupture or sheath wear because the saline solution is similar to the fluids found in the body. Hence, you do not have to worry that the serum content will spill out of the shell because your body can quickly reabsorb the fluid without experiencing any adverse effects. Saline implants are great for women who are not yet decided on the breast size that they want to achieve. The implants allow for size adjustment, giving you a chance to correct any errors on the size that you picked.
Saline implants feel less like natural breast augmentation because they are more prone to rippling or wrinkling than silicone ones. You can choose to have your saline implants overfilled to avoid rippling, but they might feel too firm. No one can also discount the possibility of rupture and subsequent infection in saline implants, even though they are generally safe because of their salt and water composition that is similar to the fluid inside the body. In the case of rupture, there might be a need for further surgery to remove the implants. Capsular contracture can also occur, wherein the capsule that has formed around the breast implant has shrunk and squeezed the implant. The tighter the capsule is, the firmer the breast feels.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants provide a more natural look and feel compared to saline implants. They have a solid shell and a cohesive silicone gel filling that has a pliable consistency closely matching that of natural breast tissue. The density or thickness of the silicone fill varies, which allows you to achieve a softer or harder feel, depending on your preference.
Silicone implants used in breast augmentation Miami are made of medical grade silicone, meaning they were subjected to thorough medical testing in order to establish their effectiveness and safety. The gel content of each implant also holds together uniformly, hence retaining a natural pliability that closely resembles breast tissue. Because of the strength of silicone implants' internal structure, they are less likely to produce a rippling effect. Their design within the breast is also kept intact. In the case of rupture, the silicone gel is not released into the tissues and bloodstream because of the increased binding between molecules composing the gel. It is best for women with very little natural breast tissue or fat.
Though the percentage of complications in silicone implants is minimal, it does have its share of risks. Just like saline implants, there is the risk of capsular contractures, compressing the implants and making your breasts feel harder than usual. There is also the risk of pain and infection in the breast since silicone implants are foreign to the body. There might also be a change in breast and nipple sensation in the beginning, but this effect is only temporary. Implants only last from 10 to 25 years, which means that you should have them checked regularly. There is also the possibility of problems arising during insertion, but only if inexperienced surgeons do the procedure.
Differences Between Silicone and Saline Implants
One of the biggest differences between silicone and saline implants is the implant size. Silicone implants come in different sizes, but once they have been inserted inside the breasts, there is nothing you can do about them. Saline implants are more flexible in this area because you can still fill them with fluid even if they are already in place. You can also reduce the amount of fluid if you think your breasts are too big. Because saline implants make use of a removable tube to allow for size adjustment, incisions are generally smaller in saline implants than silicone gel implants. It is also easier to determine a deflated saline implant than a silicone implant since the latter stays intact even if the outer shell breaks. Hence, a ruptured silicone implant is more dangerous because the only way to know it is through an MRI. Furthermore, if the silicone leaks inside the body, it can cause complications. But when it comes to appearance, silicone implants have a huge advantage because they are more unlikely to have a wrinkling or rippling appearance because of their cohesive silicone gel content. They also look more natural since they mimic natural fat in their viscosity and density. In Miami, silicone implants cost three times more than saline implants, so breast augmentation cost should also be a factor in choosing which type of implant is right for you. You also have to be 22 years old or older to get a silicone implant in Miami, whereas you can get a saline implant as early as 18 years old. Just like any other cosmetic surgery, the surgeon's skill and experience can spell the difference between a successful breast augmentation and a problem-filled one. Do not hesitate to talk to your plastic surgeon regarding your choice of breast augmentation implants. You can schedule an appointment with us if you want to learn more about breast augmentation. Reference: http://torontosurgery.com/guide/choosing-right-breast-implants/ http://www.implantinfo.com/faqs/1.16.aspx