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Silicone vs. Saline Implants What's the Difference?

Silicone Implants Saline Implants
Appearance Exceptionally Natural Harder Appearance
Safety FDA-Approved FDA-Approved
Average Cost $4,014 $3,515

Understanding Your Choices

Undergoing breast augmentation is an exciting decision, but you may feel overwhelmed when choosing a type of implant.

Both silicone and saline implants can enhance your breasts, creating the shape and size that you desire for a more flattering figure and improved self-confidence.

Silicone-filled implants typically provide more natural-looking results. However, some patients prefer the peace of mind saline implants provide as they are typically less harmful in the event of a leakage.

Do silicone implants actually look more natural?

Considering the Look & Feel of Your Breast Implants

Surgeon holding silicone implants The cohesive gel material used in silicone implants mimics the more natural movement of breasts.

How do I know which one is right for me?

Comparing Results, Cost, & Long-Term Outlook

Materials

Both types of implants are encased by a silicone shell. However, saline implants are filled with sterile salt water, while silicone implants are composed of a thick, jelly-like material.

Leaking

Because saline implants deflate noticeably when damaged, it is much easier to spot a ruptured saline implant than a silicone one. Catching a leak early on can help minimize the negative health effects.

Look & Feel

Silicone implants provide a more realistic feel and appearance due to the thicker material which resembles that of a gummy bear. This allows them to move and sit more naturally.

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Cost

In many cases, silicone implants are more expensive than saline. Depending on several factors, they can even cost twice as much as saline implants. The average cost of a saline implant procedure is $3,515 whereas silicone implants are about $4,014.

Rippling

Saline implants are more likely to ripple. Rippling is the development of visible wrinkles in the implant, which may affect the appearance of your results.

"Extensive FDA-directed prospective clinical research with long-term follow-up has confirmed no association between silicone gel implants and any chronic autoimmune disease."

- Dr. Karen Horton in an article for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

However, both types of implants can help you achieve the fuller bust you desire...

Both Silicone & Saline Implants are Popular, Safe Options

General Safety

While there are risks associated with rupture, modern implant materials have been significantly improved to prevent it. The FDA recommends that patients with silicone implants receive an MRI every three years to monitor for rupture.

Use

Both saline and silicone implants are used to create fuller, more shapely breasts. In a study that evaluated patient satisfaction among women who had received saline implants, 98 percent were satisfied with their results.

Lifespan

Typically, patients replace their implants every 10 to 20 years, depending on their lifestyle.

"The majority of silicone implant ruptures are clinically undetectable and pose no significant health risks."

-According to the National Institutes of Health

So which option do other patients prefer?

Silicone Implants are the More Popular Option

*According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Consider the pros and cons before making your decision...

Which Type of Implant is Right for You? Reviewing the Pros & Cons

Pros

Silicone Implants Saline Implants
Create Fuller, Rounder Breasts X X
Safe to Use X X
Easily Adjustable after Surgery X

Cons

Silicone Implants Saline Implants
Can Rupture X X
Difficult to Identify Rupture X
Rippling X

How Else Can I Improve the Appearance of My Breasts?

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Fat Transfer Has Limitations

Some patients opt for a fat transfer, although this can only provide limited enhancement.

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Auto Augmentation is Possible for Some

Breast auto-augmentation is another option if you have substantial tissue that can be moved from one part of the breast to another to create more fullness and lift.

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Implants Are the Gold Standard

However, to fully transform your breasts, saline and silicone implants are the gold standard.

Choosing the Right Implant

While silicone implants are appealing due to their more realistic qualities, some patients may feel better with the peace of mind offered by saline in case of rupture. To make the best choice for your needs, there are several crucial factors to consider:

Created with Sketch. During your consultation, your doctor can help guide you to the best implant type so you can fully enjoy your results and improved self-confidence.

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