Breast Implants: Silicone Vs. Saline, Cost, Problems, Recovery

Posted on October 21, 2019 under Plastic Surgery

In years past, there were very few options for patients looking to get breast implants. As implant materials have evolved and become safer, however, you now have more options than ever. If you’re planning to have breast enhancement surgery, you’ll face the choice of saline versus silicone implants. This can be a tough choice, so it’s important to understand the key differences between the two. Dr. Patrick L. Basile can provide additional insight during an in-depth consultation at our Jacksonville office.

Silicone Implants

For many years, silicone implants were a subject of controversy and eventually recalled for further study. Decades later, new silicone implants were approved and introduced to the market. Today’s silicone implant is generally considered safe and is one of the most studied medical devices in use. Some patients prefer silicone implants because they are softer and denser, which makes them feel more like natural breast tissue. They are recommended for women who have a smaller frame and do not have as much natural breast tissue to cover an implant. Despite feeling more natural, silicone implants do come with certain drawbacks. Not only do they typically cost a minimum of $1,000 more than saline implants, but you may need to undergo MRIs regularly to monitor for leaks. Silicone implants also have limited insertion options, and they require a slightly larger incision. Patients who opt for silicone implants typically have an incision near the armpit area or under the breast fold.

Saline Implants

While silicone implants are often preferred for their stronger resemblance to natural breast tissue, saline implants have more practical advantages. In addition to being less expensive than silicone, saline implants typically require a smaller incision. Saline implants are typically inserted empty and filled with a saline solution at the time of surgery. For this reason, saline implants are more favorable for patients who wish to balance the sizes of asymmetrical breasts. Your plastic surgeon can also choose from multiple incision sites, including the armpit area, the edge of the areola, and even the navel when making the incision to insert saline implants. A leak in a saline implant typically becomes apparent within a few hours as the implant buckles. Leakage poses less harm to the body since the saline solution can be safely absorbed. Recovery time for both saline and silicone is comparable in most patients.

Making the Right Choice

Choosing between silicone and saline breast implants is a decision that will be heavily dependent on your unique body and desired outcome. During a consultation, Dr. Basile can evaluate your health and your current physical characteristics. It can be helpful to discuss any preferences and goals for the procedure so that Dr. Basile can help you choose the right implant type. Dr. Basile will thoroughly discuss all available options, offer professional medical advice, and answer all your questions to help you make the best decision for you.

Schedule a Consultation

Breast augmentation comes with a lot of choices, but your plastic surgeon can help. Schedule your consultation today to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of silicone and saline implants with the help of Dr. Basile.