Quick Guide To Breast Augmentation: Silicone Versus Saline
At our practice in Orange County, breast augmentation can be performed with either silicone or saline implants. There are pros and cons to both types of implants, and this guide will give a brief overview to help you make a more informed decision.
History of Implants
There have been many attempts made at breast augmentation in the past. Implants were made of paraffin, fat and even round balls made of ivory and glass. At one point, injections of silicone directly into the breast tissue were tried.
Unsurprisingly, failed attempts and infection were the norm in the early days of breast augmentation. Strict safety measures were put into place to protect women’s health, and modern implants are made of a strong silicone shell, and filled with either silicone gel or saline (a medical-grade saltwater solution).
While silicone implants have recently enjoyed an upward trend in popularity around Orange County, breasts implants filled with saline are still in widespread use for multiple reasons.
One of the primary reasons many patients opt for saline implants is their cost. Saline implants themselves can cost a fraction of silicone implants, which affects the total price of a surgical procedure. Statistics also show that saline implants, on average, have a lower incidence of revision surgery later on compared to their silicone counterparts. Additionally, studies suggest that saline implants may have a lower risk of developing hardened scar tissue around the implant, a condition known as capsular contracture. Capsular contracture can be painful, and may require breast reconstruction surgery for proper correction. Finally, saline implants require only a very small incision, since the implants can be placed while empty, then filled after they’re already in position.
Regardless of the many benefits related to choosing saline implants, silicone implants remain the more popular choice for breast augmentation at our Orange County location.
A few years ago, silicone implants were taken off the market out of safety concerns. Following thorough testing, the FDA concluded that there was no hard evidence linking silicone implants with any specific health issues, and an updated silicone gel implant design came back on the market.
Although these implants are more expensive, many patients report that implants filled with cohesive silicone gel feel more like natural breast tissue than saline implants do. And although the end results of any surgery depend largely on the skill level of the surgeon, results from silicone implants often look better, especially on women with very little natural body fat. Without enough fat over the implant, saline implants can sometimes show visible rippling of the saline liquid they contain.
Making Your Choice
When it comes down to your final decision, the bottom line is that you have to make the choice that’s right for you. There are pros and cons to either type of implant, but the best option for you is the one that will make you feel most comfortable with your procedure going forward.
One type of implant isn’t necessarily superior to the other; it all comes down to which type will work best on your body, and for your appearance goals. Researching as much as you can, and coming in for a consultation to discuss your preference in detail is the best way to move forward with making a final decision. Please Call CosmetiCare Breast Implants Orange County California for appoinment.