When considering breast implants, patients can choose between saline and silicone, and while both breast implant types provide the volume and lift that most patients are looking for, each offers a unique set of pros and cons. The choice between silicone and saline implants is a major decision, and patients should thoroughly research the benefits and drawbacks of each before moving forward. If you are considering augmentation surgery, take a moment to learn about both breast implant types now.

If you’re considering augmentation surgery, talk to your doctor about each of the available breast implant types to find out what they recommend as the best choice for your health and desired results. Contact the Center for Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule your consultation.

  • Silicone implants – Silicone implants were first used in Texas in 1962. Silicone implants are filled with a gel to provide a more natural appearance and contour of the breast post-augmentation. Early implants were filled with a silicone gel that had more of a liquid consistency. These implants had significant complications if they ruptured, as the gel was difficult to remove and would sometimes migrate to local tissue. Silicone gel implants are currently cohesive solids, which are soft and natural-feeling, but the solid consistency reduces postoperative complications. Silicone implants do not have a higher chance of rupture, but a rupture is more difficult to diagnose. A study of silicone implants showed that there is no increased risk of autoimmune disease with breast implants.
  • Saline implants – Saline implants are filled with saltwater, so the look and feel will be rounder and firmer than silicone implants. Saline implants are not as forgiving, so wrinkles will be more palpable, especially in thin patients. The incisions used are slightly smaller since the implants are filled at the time of surgery. If a saline implant ruptures, the implant completely deflates, making diagnosis easy. Both silicone and saline implants have similar pain levels after surgery.