Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants

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If you've made the decision that you'd like to move forward with a breast implant procedure, part of that decision will include which type of implant you want to get.

Implant options are available in saline or silicone, both of which have two parts. Each implant has a shell and its filling. Silicone implants have a silicone shell and are filled with silicone as well, which is a plastic gel. Saline implants, on the other hand, have a silicone shell and are filled with saline, which is simple salt water.

Both types of implants are FDA approved, but have some distinct differences including the following:

  • Saline implants require a smaller incision
  • Silicone implants may cost more
  • Silicone implants typically have more a "real" appearance and feel
  • Silicone implants usually have less rippling
  • Since silicone is slightly easier to manipulate during surgery, it is less likely that you will notice rippling or lines on their edges.

The other thing to consider when choosing the type of implant you would like to get is that rupture or deflation of the implant can happen in rare cases. If this occurs in a saline implant, it is very obvious, whereas a silicone rupture may not be as obvious and could require an MRI for diagnosis.

If you're in the New York City area and are interested in a consultation about breast implants, please contact JUVA Skin & Laser Center today. Our plastic surgeon is a highly regarded Breast Surgeon and certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has the experience to guide you through the process. Call us today at (212) 688-5882.