Dissecting the Differences Between Saline and Silicone Breast Implants

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Woman with breast augmentationThere has long been a debate between saline versus silicone breast implants. For most women, it’s a personal choice, one guided by their unique aesthetic goals. By learning more about the major differences between these two options, prospective patients can choose the option that’s right for them.

Silicone breast implants have been used in the US since the early 1960s. It has been the most popular and widely used implant type in plastic surgery. These implants have a silicone shell and are filled with a gel that imitates the look and feel of natural breast tissue. It is important to note that this choice limits some surgical options, as it typically requires an inframammary incision below the chest wall.

The FDA approved saline breast implants in 2000. These implants are made with a silicone shell, instead of gel, a saline or sterile salt-water solution is used to fill up the shell once placed under or on top of the chest wall. Women have several types of incision options with this implant type.

While the saline versus silicone breast implants option has many differences, there are some important aspects of this procedure that are similar regardless of choice. Generally, implants last between 7-10 years and should be removed or replaced if they rupture or develop a capsular contracture. Talk to a cosmetic surgeon today to discuss your choices.

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