Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

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One important decision when considering breast augmentation is the material you want to use for your implants. While several options exist, Dr. Lefkovits works with the two materials that have been approved by the FDA for breast augmentation surgery: saline and silicone. The material you use will depend on your physical characteristics and plastic surgery goals.

Saline breast implants consist of silicone pouches that are inserted into your breast and filled with sterile salt water. They can be used on patients as young as 18 years old, and the surgery allows for smaller incisions. It's easier to notice ruptures in the implant, and any saline released by these ruptures will be absorbed by your body with no ill effects.

However, saline implants do have some disadvantages: they ripple more easily, and many patients find they look and feel less realistic than silicone breast implants. These implants use silicone gel to increase your breast size, and have become the most popular option for breast implants ever since they were approved by the FDA for women age 21 and older. You have to get your silicone implants checked regularly, as ruptures are much more difficult to detect and can lead to potential complications.

In the end, the decision is up to you. Several factors may influence which material you choose, including:

  • Age-  If you are under  21, you will need to get saline implants, though they can be replaced later.
  • Implant Placement- Placing the implant underneath the pectoral muscle will make it feel more realistic, even if it is saline. Silicone implants can be placed outside the pectoral muscle more easily.
  • Body Size- The size of your body will help determine which material is most suitable. Some petite women find that saline implants look more natural on their body.
  • Effect-  Some patients want breast implants that subtly enhance the natural look of their breasts, while others want their breasts to be much more prominent and noticeable. Silicone implants usually work better at larger sizes.

Want to learn which breast implant option is right for you? Set up a consultation with Dr. Lefkovits at Park Plaza Plastic Surgery in New York City. You can contact us through this website or give us a call at (212) 750-9494.