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Silicone vs. Saline Implants: Deciding Which Breast Implants Are Right for You

One of the first decisions you will be asked to consider when undergoing a breast augmentation is which type of breast implant you would like to receive. Along with deciding between silicone vs. saline implants, you will also be asked to decide on the shape, texture, and placement of your implant. Our practice in Stamford, CT, carries many implant options including the FDA-approved Natrelle® silicone implant to allow patients to achieve their desired results in a safe, fully accredited environment. When choosing which type of breast implant is right for you, Dr. Leif O. Nordberg will guide you through the process and discuss the benefits of each implant to help you decide which option best suits your style and desired outcomes. 

Gloved hands holding silicone and saline implants
Saline and silicone breast implants have different benefits. Your preference and goals for treatment may dictate which type of implant is best for you. 

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Implant

There are a variety of factors that we take into account when helping you decide between silicone and saline implants. If you have an aversion to silicone, you may consider saline implants, although both silicone and saline have been approved as safe for use in breast augmentations. Each type of implant offers its own advantages and disadvantages, and Dr. Nordberg will work closely with you to ensure that you feel confident about your decision. During your initial consultation. Dr. Nordberg will take into account your body type, height, weight, budget, and desired outcomes to help you choose which type of implant is right for you. 

Your Personal Preferences

In order to receive silicone breast implants, you must be at least 22 years of age, while saline implant candidates must be at least 18. Patients who are undergoing a breast reconstruction or who do not have sufficient breast tissue can also benefit from form-stable silicone gel implants such as the Natrelle implant, which closely mirrors the shape and feel of a natural breast. Also referred to as teardrop-shaped implants, these silicone implants can help women achieve a more gradual, less pronounced fullness even with minimal existing breast tissue. If you are planning your breast augmentation with a budget in mind, saline implants are generally a more cost-effective option than silicone implants.

When choosing which type of breast implant is right for you, Dr. Nordberg will guide you through the process and discuss the benefits of each implant to help you decide which option best suits your style and desired outcomes. 

Desired Feel After Surgery

Silicone breast implants are widely considered to feel more natural than saline implants. The silicone gel feels more natural because the cohesive gel is specially made to closely mirror the feel of your surrounding breast tissue. However, patients who want saline implants can choose to have them less filled during surgery to give them less firmness.

Placement and Incisions

Saline implants are more prone to rippling than silicone implants, but this effect can be reduced if you are undergoing a submuscular placement. Implants placed under the pectoral muscle are covered by breast tissue and muscle, reducing the appearance and feel of rippling. If you choose a subglandular placement, Dr. Nordberg may recommend silicone implants to reduce the risk of rippling. For patients who are concerned about incisions and scarring, the incisions used for saline implants are usually smaller than those used for silicone. 

Potential Complications

If a saline implant ruptures after placement, the saline will be absorbed and passed through the body through natural processes and the complication will be easy to identify. However, silicone implant ruptures are harder to detect and require a longer revisional surgery.

Benefits Offered by Both

Both silicone and saline implants can help you achieve more proportional, fuller breasts and help you regain self-confidence in your figure. Both are also available in a wide range of sizes and shapes to suit your unique needs. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons assures patients that breast implants are one of the most widely studied medical devices in the history of medical devices. Your safety is paramount during the procedure, and we perform all surgeries in our fully accredited ambulatory surgical facility which is certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.

Schedule Your Appointment 

Our helpful staff is ready to help you decide which type, shape, texture, and size of breast implant to receive during your augmentation. Dr. Nordberg is committed to providing natural-looking enhancements that help you achieve self-confidence. Schedule a consultation today by calling us at (203) 324-4700 or contacting our office online.

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