Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants: Which Is Right for You?

For many patients seeking a breast augmentation, the next step is to decide which type of implant works best for your goals. U Plastic Surgery + Aesthetics patients have two options: saline or silicone. While both options have pros and cons to consider, Dr. Tag’s board-certified experience will be your mainstay throughout the decision-making process, and whether you choose saline or silicone breast implants, you’ll go home satisfied with the results. If you’re considering a breast augmentation, keep reading to learn more about saline vs. silicone breast implants and which is right for you. 

Silicone Implants

Composed of a silicone shell filled with a cohesive gel, silicone breast implants offer a smooth and realistic texture that mimics the feel and appearance of natural breast tissue. Many patients prefer this option for that very reason. 

In fact, silicone breast implants are less likely to wrinkle or ripple compared to their saline counterparts, making them a popular choice for women seeking a more natural breast contour. These implants also offer a variety of shapes and sizes to choose from, catering to a wide range of body types and aesthetic preferences and giving each patient a tailored look unique to their desired outcome. 

Saline Implants

As opposed to silicone implants, saline breast implants consist of a silicone shell filled with saline (sterile saltwater). When a patient opts for a saline breast implant, Dr. Tag inserts an empty silicone shell before filling the shell with saline, which allows for an adjustable size and minor corrections that add an extra degree of customization to the procedure. 

Saline implants are also known for their safety; in the unlikely event of a rupture, the body harmlessly absorbs the saline without posing any health risks. This level of safety often increases U Plastic Surgery + Aesthetic patients’ peace of mind.

Saline vs. Silicone Implants

When considering breast implants at U Plastic Surgery + Aesthetics, there are a few key differences that could affect your decision: longevity of the implant and maintenance. 

How long do breast implants last?

Both silicone and saline breast implants are designed for durability, but they do not last a lifetime. On average, breast implants can last between 10 to 20 years, although this varies by individual. Silicone implants are often praised for their lasting form and less frequent occurrences of rippling over time. Saline implants are slightly more prone to deflation, but regular check-ups to monitor their condition can ensure their maximum durability.

How do I maintain my breast implants?

Caring for silicone implants involves periodic MRI scans, as recommended by the FDA, to detect any silent ruptures. Ruptures are unlikely, but it’s important for recipients to stay vigilant about these check-ups to maintain implant safety and aesthetic appeal. 

Saline implants, on the other hand, require less specialized monitoring. However, regular physical examinations and mammograms are still important to check for any changes or potential leaks.

Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants: Which Is Right for You?

Choosing Your Implant

Choosing the right breast implant is a highly personal decision, influenced by several key factors. Body type plays a significant role; what works for one individual may not suit another. The desired aesthetic outcome is equally important – whether seeking a natural look or a more pronounced change. Health considerations, including skin quality and body anatomy, also guide the choice of implants, and along with Dr. Tag’s expert insight, understanding these factors helps in selecting an implant that harmonizes with your body and goals.

Personal Consultation and Evaluation

Dr. Tag’s approach begins with a thorough consultation, where he evaluates each patient’s unique physical attributes and listens to their aesthetic aspirations. This personalized assessment is crucial in determining the most suitable implant type for your unique needs.

Discussing Lifestyle and Aesthetic Goals

Dr. Tag places significant emphasis on understanding each patient’s lifestyle and how it intersects with your aesthetic desires. This holistic view ensures that the chosen implants align not just with your body but also with your daily life and long-term goals.

Weighing the Pros and Cons

Both saline and silicone breast implants come with their own set of pros and cons. At the end of the day, you’ll need to weigh these factors to decide which option feels right for you. Whatever decision you make, however, Dr. Tag will ensure you get the most optimal results so you feel confident in your decision. 

Professional Recommendations Based on Individual Needs

Leveraging his expertise, Dr. Tag provides tailored recommendations that best fit your specific needs. His guidance is rooted in a deep understanding of the nuances of both silicone and saline implants, ensuring patients make informed and confident decisions that work best for them.

Breast Implant FAQs

What can I expect from the breast implant procedure?

The breast implant procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and involves inserting implants either behind the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle. The method of insertion and positioning depends on the type of implant, the desired outcome, and your individual anatomy. The surgery usually takes one to two hours, followed by a period of monitored recovery. With Dr. Tag’s post-op instructions, your healing journey will reveal the full spectrum of your results within months. 

How long is breast implant recovery? 

Recovery varies by individual, but generally, patients can expect to return to normal activities within a few weeks. Complete healing and settling of the implants may take a few months, and your compliance during the recovery period is essential for achieving your ideal results. 

How much do breast implants cost? 

Every U Plastic Surgery + Aesthetics procedure is personalized from start to finish, and because of this variation, costs may vary as well depending on the type of implant you choose and your goals. 

Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants: Which Is Right for You?

Invest In U

No one should feel uncomfortable with the way they look in the mirror, and for many Baltimore-area patients, a breast augmentation is the solution for creating the ideal image in the mirror. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Tag is a trusted expert in breast augmentation procedures, and he’ll help you choose the right implant for your needs. Your next step? Schedule your consultation and learn more.