When women are undergoing breast enhancement or breast reconstruction surgery, they have the option of choosing between saline and silicone breast implants. Both types of implants come with their own pros and cons, and there is no clear way of deciding which implant is better than the other. When women are undergoing breast enhancement or breast reconstruction surgery, they have the option of choosing between saline and silicone breast implants. Both types of implants come with their own pros and cons, and there is no clear way of deciding which implant is better than the other. This makes it more confusing for women who have to decide the implant to use. As a result, they have to rely on their personal objectives and preferences to make a decision. However, the decision can only be made with the full knowledge of what each implant offers and the risks posed. If you are considering undergoing breast augmentation, below is a comprehensive comparison of saline and silicone implants.
Both saline and silicone implants are made of an outer silicone shell. However, saline implants are filled with sterile salt water (saline), while silicone implants are filled with silicon gel.
Look and Feel
The look and feel of the breast implants is one of the major factors considered by most women when choosing the type of implants to use, especially when undergoing cosmetic surgery. Basically, both types of implants will offer you a natural look. However, according to most women, silicone implants have a feel compared to saline implants. This is probably because the silicone gel used is thick and sticky, and thus gives a feel similar to that of human fat.
Insertion Technique and Scarring
When saline implants are being inserted into your body, the shell can be inserted first and then filled with saline. However, silicone implants are inserted while full of the silicone gel. As a result, the incision required to insert saline implants is smaller than that required to insert the silicone ones, which results in a smaller scaring.
Saline implants are also different when it comes to the incision technique. When being inserted, doctors have more options compared to silicone implants, and thus they are easier to work with.
Costs of Surgery
One of the main differences between saline and silicone implants is in the costs involved. If you are undergoing breast augmentation, you will pay about $1,000 more for silicone implants. In addition, you have to undergo regular MRI scans to ensure that the implants have not ruptured. Therefore saline implants are a more affordable option.
Both saline and silicone implants are considered to be safe from a scientific standpoint, and none of the implants have been proven to pose any health risks. However, both types of implants can rupture inside the body, causing the solution to leak. In such a case, the saline solution will be absorbed by the body without pausing any health risks, and the implants will deflate indicating that it has ruptured. However, when silicone implants rupture, the silicone gel remains trapped in the body, and there is no way of indicating that a rupture has occurred. And while there are no known risks of health problems, the rupture can lead to pain in the chest area, and changes in the shape of the breast.
Choosing between saline and silicone implants is not easy since each type comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, the only way to decide is by considering your own preferences, and with the help of your doctor. However, there are a few deciding factors that you can consider, such as the cost, the feel, and the risk of rupture.