Patients interested in breast augmentation have a major decision to make when considering whether to have silicone or saline breast implants. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will educate you on the difference between the two types of implants and help you make an informed decision. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides breast augmentation to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding locations.
Silicone implants hang over the natural curvature of the breasts just as natural fat tissue would, and therefore have a more natural appearance. Saline breast implants are usually “over-filled” and appear more round, full, and firm.
Texture and Touch
Silicone and saline breast implants each feel different, with silicone implants feeling closer to soft, natural fat in the breasts. Saline implants feel firmer.
Saline and silicone breast implants are placed in different areas of the chest, involving different types of surgical incisions. Silicone implants come pre-filled from the manufacturer, requiring a larger incision to be placed into the chest. Saline implants are put into the chest before they are filled during surgery, only requiring a smaller incision.
Which Last Longer?
Both saline and silicone implants are meant to be long-lasting, and are found to last about the same amount of time. Both implants will need to be removed or replaced after a number of years in the patient.
Rippling and Rupture
Although uncommon, it is possible for breast implants to rupture. Silicone implants can be dangerous in the case of a rupture, as the fluid may seep into the body and cause health issues. Saline implants are safer, as the saline solution is simply absorbed by the body. Rippling can occur due to capsular contracture or incorrectly sized implants, and is an equal risk with the use of either saline or silicone implants. In severe cases, rippling can be seen on the surface of the skin. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides breast augmentation to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding locations.
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