One of the biggest things you’ll have to decide after choosing to have a breast augmentation is type of implant you’ll get. At Cincinnati Plastic Surgery, we use only two types of implant: silicone and saline. Regardless of your choice, know that both are incredibly safe options. You may be wondering what the difference between the two are. While both are designed to give you your desired outcome, using saline or silicone over the other many be more advantageous. During your surgical consultation, the decision will be made to decide whether you’ll get a saline or silicone implants during surgery.
Saline implants are the “newer” form of breast implants, even though they’ve been around since the 1990s as an alternative to silicone implants. If you’re a younger person, saline implants will be the right option for you, as they’re approved for anyone 18-years-old and older. Saline implants are filled with sterilized saltwater after the implant has been placed below the muscle. This gives you control over how much or how little saline you want added to the implant. Keep in mind, the amount of fluid that goes into the implant determines the size of your breasts after surgery.
Silicone implants have been around since the 1960s and are the more common type of breast implant. Many people prefer silicone implants because they feel more natural when compared with saline implants. However, unless you’re having reconstructive surgery, it’s advised you don’t get silicone implants if you’re under 22-years-old.
Unlike saline implants, silicone implants are pre-filled, so you don’t get as much of a say in how much liquid is in each implant. However, if you have a set idea in mind already, silicone implants may be right for you.
Is One Better Than the Other
During your surgical consultation, you and Dr. Martin will discuss a lot of different things. One of the main discussion points will be whether the implants will be filled with silicone or a saline solution. Even though you may prefer one type over the other, know that Dr. Martin has your best interests in mind and will only use the type of implant that is best for your surgery. Be open-minded during your consult in case you have to use the different type of implant than what you originally thought.
Other Factors to Consider
If you’re getting a breast augmentation and a mastopexy, it may be more advantageous for you to get a smaller, second surgery in order to achieve the maximum results. Remember, getting breast implants is not the same as getting a breast lift. Be open and honest with Dr. Martin upfront so there’s no confusion in the long run.
As you can see, there are some major differences between saline and silicone implants. Choosing saline or silicone implants depend on a variety of factors. While they both work to achieve the desired outcome, using one over the other depends on what exactly you’re looking for after surgery. If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, turn to Dr. Martin, the surgeon of other surgeons. With years of experience, Dr. Martin will give you your desired look. Call the front office to schedule your first consultation now.