Should I Choose Saline or Silicone Breast Implants?
If you’re interested in undergoing a breast augmentation, you may have a hard time deciding between opting for saline or silicone breast implants. However, before you make your final decision, it’s important to consult with your plastic surgeon to get accurate information on silicone and saline breast implants and the benefits associated with each type of breast implant.
Dino R. Elyassnia, M.D., is proud to offer both saline and silicone breast implant procedures at his cosmetic surgery practice in San Francisco, CA. He is a board certified surgeon serving patients in the greater Bay Area by providing them with excellent service and care.
Dr. Elyassnia prioritizes providing his patients with accurate and compelling information regarding the differences between saline and silicone breast implants. If you’re interested in undergoing a breast augmentation procedure, here’s some basic information you need to know about choosing between saline and silicone breast implants:
- Many patients may initially be afraid of silicone breast implants due to the “silicone scare” of the 90s. Most of the fears associated with silicone implants were untrue. In large scale studies, women with silicone implants were not found to have a higher risk for any disease compared to women without implants. Since that time, the implants have been redesigned resulting in today’s, cohesive gel implants. These implants have a more durable shell and thicker silicone filling resulting in much less leakage. Today’s silicone implants are highly safe and produce much more natural results compared to saline breast implants.
- However, there still are some disadvantages to using silicone breast implants. The main one involves the detection of leakage. If a silicone breast implant tears, it can take time to tell if the implant is leaking. This will usually require some type of imaging like ultrasound or MRI to determine if the implant has in fact ruptured. Although saline implants are made of the exact same silicone shell, when it tears the implant deflates very suddenly as the water inside is absorbed by the body. This makes it very obvious the implant needs to be changed; no imaging test is required as with silicone implants.
- Saline breast implants offer another good choice for women looking to undergo breast augmentation. Saline implants are very safe and can look quite natural, however, they are considered to result in more obvious rippling compared to silicone and don’t feel as natural to the touch.
Patients of Dr. Elyassnia should expect to receive a thorough consultation covering the issues above in greater detail to determine whether saline or silicone breast implants are the best option for each individual patient. Visit Dr. Elyassnia at his cosmetic surgery practice in San Francisco, CA to experience superior breast augmentation procedures and aftercare.