Implant Options: Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

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Breast enhancement surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries happening today. When people are considering this surgery, they have to choose whether they will go for silicone or saline implants. These two types of implants are FDA-approved, and their success rate is very high. As the most popular implant options on the market, they have similarities and differences.

What Are Saline Implants?

Saline implants have been on the market since the 1960s and have a long record of accomplishment. Surgeons make a small incision and insert an empty silicone shell, which they fill with sterile salt water. Most recipients favor these implants because of the following:

  • Their affordability.

  • They have a barely noticeable incision site.

  • They are safe for all people above the age of 18.

However, many recipients complain that the implants often feel firmer than natural breast tissue. Also, they feel the liquid sloshing during movement, which can sometimes be noticeable under the skin. Recent developments in saline implants have addressed some of these concerns.

What Are Silicone Implants?

Silicone implants are fully silicone, meaning they are made of a silicone case that has silicone gel inside it. These implants feel and appear to be more natural and human-like, making them appealing to many recipients. These implants have a range of shapes and sizes, with some being firmer than others.

Two main drawbacks associated with these implants are their cost and the risk they pose if they were to rupture. As a result, women who go for these implants must go through regular scheduled screenings with their surgeons. Most manufacturers of these implants recommend using their products only on patients 22 years or older.

Which Implants Should You Go For?

Here are a few factors to consider to help you choose between the two:

  • Safety concerns

Both implants are safe to use during breast augmentation. However, many people consider saline implants safer if the implants were to rupture. In the unfortunate event that a saline implant was to rupture, the individual would know immediately. Also, the salt water would be easily absorbed into the body without causing any damage.

  • Cost aspect

Since insurance companies consider breast augmentation an elective procedure, most do not offer coverage. Also, since most implants have a life span of between 10 and 15 years, at some point, the implants must be removed and replaced. Therefore, neither of the options is cheap, but silicone implants cost significantly more than saline implants. Silicone implants are generally more expensive than their saline counterparts before considering the additional cost of regular checks.

  • Implant removal

Although these implants should serve an individual for up to 15 years, approximately 20% of women have them removed before their 10th year. Furthermore, they must pay for the removal surgery since insurance will not cover the cost.

However, regardless of your choice, it is paramount to go to a board-certified plastic surgeon from the start. These professionals are the only people able to guide your decision and perform the operation.

For more on saline and silicone breast implants, visit Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa at our office in San Diego, California. Call 858-264-3800 to schedule an appointment today.

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