Are you considering a breast augmentation surgery? It can be confusing for most patients to identify the starting point. A major decision to make while contemplating breast augmentation using implants is whether you want saline implants or silicone implants. There are specific differences between the two that would be explained to you by the surgeon.
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of saline and silicone implants and will help you make an informed choice. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.
Texture and Feel
There is a unique feel to both saline and silicone implants. Silicone implants are said to have a more natural feel. They are soft to touch and are a lot like natural breasts. On the other hand, saline implants are firmer to touch even though they do appear natural. Furthermore, you should know that in case of an implant rupture, saline solution can be easily absorbed by the body making saline implants the safer option for some women seeking breast augmentation cosmetic surgery.
Saline implants have a rounder and firmer appearance whereas silicone implants appear more similar to natural breast tissue. In case of silicone implants, the implant hangs over the proper curvature in the same manner as natural breast tissue. Saline implants are always a bit overfilled which makes them look fuller. They are also firmer to the touch for the same reasons. Silicone implants appear more pliable and lend the breasts a more natural look.
Incisions During Augmentation
At the time of breast augmentation plastic surgery, silicone and saline implants are placed differently in the chest area. They involve different types of incisions as well. Silicone implants come pre-filled. The incisions made need to be large for their placement. Furthermore, saline implants are filled only after being inserted and placed correctly in the chest area. These implants require a smaller incision.
Longevity of Results
Almost all implants are curated to be durable. With that said, all implants need to be changed or replaced after some time. Both saline and silicone implants last for roughly the same amount of time. As per the studies, there was no noticeable difference in the age of saline and silicone implants. You can choose between either.
Rupturing and Rippling
Rupturing is not a common risk. Stemming from this, it’s possible that the implant ruptures after being inserted. There is a high chance that the fluid may seep into your body when the implant ruptures. Silicone is not a natural substance and can result in complications if it ruptures and seeps into the body. On the other hand, saline solution can be easily absorbed by the body.
Rippling is another occasional but serious complication. It may become noticeable on the skin in severe cases. Rippling generally occurs because of capsular contracture or an incorrectly sized implant. Scar capsule may begin constricting the implant causing rupture and rippling. The risk of rippling is similar in both saline and silicone implants.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for breast augmentation surgery.
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