Silicone vs. Saline Implants: Which is Right for You?

Physician holding breast implants.Breast augmentation surgery involves making many decisions. One of the most important of these decisions is the type of implant your surgeon will use. Respected plastic surgeon Roger J. Oldham can help you make a decision concerning silicone vs. saline implants during your consultation at his Bethesda, MD, practice. He will take careful note of your aesthetic goals to help you decide which is best for you. Contact us today to learn more about the unique attributes of these options.

Silicone Implants

Both silicone and saline implants have a silicone outer shell, and are available in numerous sizes to complement your body type. Silicone breast implants are pre-filled with a thick gel that maintains its shape even without the outer shell.

Many patients choose silicone implants for their natural look and feel. Silicone implants are less prone to rippling than saline, and many believe they produce a feel more akin to natural breast tissue. Patients need to be at least 22 years of age to use silicone breast implants for non-reconstructive surgeries.

Modern silicone breast implants were approved by the FDA in 2006. The FDA and the implant companies recommend the implants be monitored through a routine MRI exam every two years, beginning three years after your surgery date.   

If your silicone breast implant ruptures, you may not notice. The leaked silicone material may remain trapped in your breast tissue. This silent rupture is not known to cause health problems, but could result in breast pain or changes in the look of your breast. If a rupture occurs, the implant will need to be removed, at which time you can have a new implant placed, if desired.

Saline Implants

Saline implants might be the right option if you are looking for a simpler surgical procedure with a slightly shorter scar. Since saline implants are filled after they are placed in the body, they require a smaller incision compared to silicone implants. 

If a saline implant ruptures, it will be immediately apparent because it will deflate and the saline solution will be absorbed safely into the body. However, you will need to undergo a surgery to replace  the empty silicone shell. Saline implants are approved for use by breast augmentation patients 18 and over.

Choosing the Right Implant for You

During your initial consultation, Dr. Oldham will help you choose the best type of implant for your needs and goals. You will be able to look at before and after images illustrating the results of both options. Dr. Oldham will provide a recommended treatment plan based on your weight, height, body type, and aesthetic goals. With Dr. Oldham's many years of expertise in breast augmentation, you can be confident that he will help you will make an informed decision.

Schedule Your Consultation

Breast augmentation is a personalized treatment that involves making several important decisions. Dr. Oldham will make sure that you are thoroughly informed of all aspects of the surgery, including the difference between saline and silicone implants. For a personalized consultation, contact our practice today

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