Making the decision to undergo breast augmentation is undoubtedly a major decision. You’ll need to research top-notch plastic surgeons, your desired cup size, and what fantastic new outfits you’ll wear once you’re ready to show off your new body shape.
But there’s another decision you’ll have to make before you can undergo the surgery – one that could have a major impact on your satisfaction with your new breasts.
That’s right: You’ll need to decide between silicone and saline implants.
Silicone vs Saline: What You Need to Know
Choosing between silicone and saline implants is an important decision every woman should make before deciding to undergo a breast augmentation procedure. The differences typically boil down to how each type of implant looks and feels, as well as any potential rupture risks. Additionally, each implant is filled with a different ingredient that provides supportive, natural-looking shape to the breast.
Silicone implant is filled with – you guessed it – a silicone-based gel, which is made to feel similar to human fat. This ensures that patients won’t get that hard unnatural sensation that characterized implants in previous generations. However, patients should be aware that silicone implants are typically more expensive than saline implants, since the material itself is more expensive to produce.
Saline implants are filled with sterilized salt water, which allows the plastic surgeon to mold the implant into a natural-looking shape. Many saline implants are made in a teardrop shape, which is extremely similar to how a natural breast is shaped.
In terms of implant ruptures, saline implants are designed to deflate right away, thus alerting you to the rupture. This allows you to replace the implant as soon as possible. Silicone implant ruptures are typically harder to detect, since they don’t deflate as quickly. However, newer models of silicone implants have lower rupture rates. Dr. Gallaher will explain the best ways to monitor potential ruptures at the time of your consultation.
Choose the Right Implant at Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD
Worried you won’t be able to make the right implant choice for your breast augmentation procedure? Don’t be – at Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD our Plastic Surgeons can discuss your options with you so you can make the right choice. Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD have locations in Knoxville, Powell and Crossville. Contact us today to schedule your consultation 865-671-3888