If you are considering breast augmentation, one of the most important decisions you will have to make is whether to choose silicone or saline implants. Although personal preference has a lot to do with this decision, if you want natural looking results it’s important to ask your surgeon – What’s more natural looking, silicone or saline implants.
Why choose breast augmentation
Many women that are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts choose to undergo breast augmentation to make their breasts fuller and shapelier. So it’s not surprising that breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the US.
Saline and silicone implants are the two basic types of breast implants.
Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel, and have an outer shell made of silicone that may be smooth or textured. There are different types of silicone breast implants, which are available in a range of sizes, so every patient should be able to find their ideal fit.
Silicone gel has a thick consistency, so the gel does not leak from the shell if a rupture occurs. As a result, breast augmentation patients that opt for silicone implants are generally advised to have regular ultrasound or MRI screenings, in order to identify any problems with the implants.
Silicone breast implants are FDA cleared for breast augmentation patients 22 years and older.
Silicone implants are pre-filled, so when being inserted, they often require a larger incision than saline implants.
Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water, but have an outer shell of silicone. The sterile salt water is very safe, and if the implant ruptures the saline solution leaks out, but is harmlessly absorbed by the body.
Saline implants are filled at the time of surgery, which makes them more flexible, as they can be adjusted to the desired size.
Saline breast implants are recommended for women 18 years of age and older.
Unlike silicone implants, saline implants present a higher risk of visible rippling when they are placed beneath very thin skin.
What’s more natural looking, silicone or saline implants
One of the factors patients undergoing breast augmentation consider when deciding between silicone and saline implants is the look and feel of the implants. Most of the women that have undergone breast augmentation agree that silicone breast implants look and feel more natural than saline breast implants.
Why do silicone implants look more natural?
Silicone implants look more natural because they slope in the upper portion like the normal breast. Saline implants are tend to create a full, round look in the upper pole of the breasts which can make the breasts look unnatural.
The ease of movement is another factor that makes breasts look more natural. Saline implants tend to be softer than silicone implants, so they give the breasts a more natural appearance. They are also more moveable and can therefore replicate the mobility of normal breasts.
Saline implants are more prone to rippling so when the wrinkles are visible through the skin it gives the breasts an unnatural look.
Although silicone implants are considered the ideal option for patients wanting a subtle, natural look there are other factors that can determine breast augmentation results. This includes:
- Implant size: Choosing breast implants that enhance overall body proportions is a critical factor in ensuring natural results. Breast implants that are too large can create a ‘top heavy’ look.
- Implant shape: Tear drop shaped breast implants are tapered as they have more volume at the bottom than at the top of the breast, which is similar to the natural breast.
- Implant profile: The breast profile refers to the degree to which the implants project outward from the chest wall. Profiles may be low, moderate, high, or extra high. Implants with a low or moderate profile generally look more natural.
Would you like to learn more about saline and silicone breast implants?
If you are in the Sacramento or Roseville, CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rudy Coscia for a consultation.
You can reach Dr. Coscia at www.drrudycoscia.com, or by calling 916-929-1833 for the Sacramento office, or 916-773-5559 for the office in Roseville.