There are a few differences between silicone and saline breast implants, and if you are considering undergoing breast augmentation surgery, you may want to consider these differences before making your final decision. Of course, all decisions, thoughts, questions and opinions should be discussed in further detail with your chosen plastic surgeon as well. An experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Rast can properly guide you in your decesion making.
Saline implants are known to be a less expensive option and they have a lower rupture rate. Saline implant procedure tends to be less invasive and leaves minimal, if any, scarring at all. There is no worrying or guessing about ruptures with the saline option and there are far more volume (size) choices available with saline implants. Additionally, saline implants are able to be placed in younger patients. Saline breast implants are available to women 18 and older for breast augmentation and to women of any age for breast reconstruction.
Silicone implants are said to feel more natural and have a minimized risk of the rippling effect. Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel — a thick, sticky fluid that closely mimics the feel of human fat. Most women feel that silicone breast implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue.
Both of these implants do look and feel natural, more than they ever did in the past. Breast augmentation surgery has become quite popular and is pretty routine for surgeons these days. There are also gel implant options available now which are leaving patients quite pleased. This may come down to personal preference as well, if one was far superior than the other – that would be the only option available! These are just some considerations to think about and discuss further if you are interested.