If you are considering breast augmentation, it can be hard to know which type of implant is best for you. Patients at Park Cities Plastic Surgery can choose between silicone or saline implants for their procedure. Dr. David Liland will review each option and its respective pros and cons during your consultation at our Dallas, TX. During this meeting, you can discuss saline vs silicone implants and explore the pros and cons of each so you can make a well-informed decision.
Saline: Affordable and Safe
As the less expensive option, a saline implant contains a saltwater solution within a thin silicone shell. For most patients, these implants are first placed surgically and then filled with saline. As a result, they can be inserted through a tiny incision to minimize damage to surrounding tissue and reduce the time needed for recovery. Because the implants are filled after placement, Dr. Liland can also more easily ensure that both are the same size.
While a saline implant is much more vulnerable to rippling and rupturing, deflation is immediately noticeable. Furthermore, because the solution is simply saltwater, our bodies can absorb it without any health risks. Consequently, patients 18 years or older are eligible to receive saline implants.
Silicone: Natural-Feeling and Durable
Silicone implants have an outer shell made of thick silicone and are filled with a silicone gel. Because this viscous gel offers a realistic texture, this option often provides more lifelike results. Unlike their saline counterparts, silicone implants will not ripple, which makes them an ideal option for patients with a naturally thin frame.
However, in contrast to saline options, silicone implants are filled before surgery. Therefore, Dr. Liland must make a larger incision in the breast to accommodate them. While silicone implants are much less likely to rupture than saline, they are also more prone to silent ruptures and developing scar tissue, a process known as capsular contracture.
The most effective way to determine which type of implant is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Liland.
Because the silicone gel clings to surrounding tissue, removing and replacing the implant can be difficult, as well. However, by choosing an experienced plastic surgeon, you can significantly reduce your risk of complication. Because of these potential risks, though, silicone implants are only approved for patients aged 22 years and older.
Which Type of Implant is Right for Me?
The most effective way to determine which type of implant is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Liland. He will review each option with you in detail, factoring in considerations such as height, weight, body type, and specific aesthetic goals. He will also show you before and after photographs of each type of implant, so you can visualize the differences between the two.
Get the Information You Need to Make an Informed Decision
Having a full understanding of saline and silicone implants can help prepare you for your breast augmentation procedure. If you would like to explore your options, schedule an appointment by contacting us online or by calling us at (214) 692-6500.