There are two types of breast implants commonly used in a breast augmentation procedure today. Saline implants or Silicone implants. What’s the difference?
Saline implants are filled with a saline solution (or salt water). These implants are usually put in place empty and then filled with the solution. Women aged 18+ are eligible for saline breast implants for a breast augmentation. If an implant rupture occurs in a saline implant, the implant will deflate and the solution will be absorbed into your body. There is no health risk posed by the absorption of this solution, but surgery will be needed to remove the emptied silicone shell or replace it.
Silicone implants are filled with a thick silicone gel. These implants are placed fully filled. Women aged 22+ are eligible for silicone breast implants for a breast augmentation. Many women feel the silicone breast implants look and feel more natural. If a silicone gel implant ruptures, you may never notice since the silicone typically gets trapped in the capsule. If the silicone gel does leak out, it isn’t thought to create health problems, but breast pain could occur along with changes in the shape and contour of the breast. MRI scans are used to detect these ruptures.
If you are interested in learning more about saline implants vs. silicone implants, and to find out which may be right for you, contact our office to schedule your consultation today.