Which breast implants should you choose, saline or silicone?

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Patients often ask us whether they should choose saline or silicone breast implants.  Here is What New York breast augmentation surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits has to say on the subject:

The options for breast implants are diverse and depend on what works best for your body and your needs. For most women, the best options available are saline and silicone breast implants. Saline breast implants are implants that are filled with sterile salt water upon insertion. Silicone breast implants are implants that are filled with silicone gel. The type of implant that you pick depends on the following:

  • Affordability
  • Body contours
  • Breast tissue availability
  • Incision options
  • Safety concerns
  • Shape and feel preference

The first consideration that many people have is aesthetic. Breast implants are a terrific way to boost confidence while also looking younger and better. If breasts are smaller or flatter, silicone implants are recommended because they feel more natural. For women that have a bigger bust that want to increase their breasts by a cup size, saline may be a better option as the implant is filled after implant insertion. With saline implants, our surgeons can assess the extent to which the implant is filled for maximum visual improvement.

Another aesthetic consideration is breast tissue and the incision. Silicone implants require a larger incision because they are filled prior to the surgery. Women tend to lean toward saline implants if scarring is a concern, as the incision is smaller. If there is a fair amount of breast tissue, either kind of implant is an option. If there is not enough tissue to cover the implants, silicone implants at least provide a more natural feel.

Saline breast implants are available to a wider range of women due to a lower risk of complications if the implant ruptures. Younger and older women are considered higher risk for silicone implants, since the silicone gel does not absorb as well in ruptures. In addition, saline implants are cheaper.

Discuss your Options with Us

There are many factors to take into consideration when you are thinking about breast implants, and each individual is unique. For a further discussion, contact Park Plaza Plastic Surgery today. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the New York City board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits at (212)-750-9494.