When considering breast augmentation to enhance your breasts, you likely want to understand all available options. One of your first choices will involve the type of material that fills your implants. While nearly all breast implants are made of an outer silicone shell, their filling can be saline (sterile saltwater) or silicone gel.
People who choose saline implants usually do so for the following reasons:
- Safety: In the event of a rupture, the saline solution is harmlessly absorbed by the body.
- Shorter incision: Saline implants are typically inserted empty, requiring a smaller incision.
- Easier detection of ruptures: Saline implants visibly deflate when ruptured, making the tear easier to detect.
- Lower cost: Saline implants are generally less expensive than silicone implants.
People who choose silicone breast implants are looking for the following:
- Natural look and feel: Silicone breast implants provide a more natural look and feel than saline implants. The cohesive gel filling closely resembles the consistency of natural breast tissue, resulting in a more realistic appearance.
- Reduced risk of rippling: Silicone implants have a lower risk of rippling or wrinkling, particularly for individuals with thin breast tissue. This can help achieve a smoother and more aesthetically pleasing result.
Although your plastic surgery team will walk you through all your options and make recommendations based on your personal goals and body shape, it’s helpful to have an idea of what you want before your consultation.
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