Posted February 02, 2022 in Breast Augmentation
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Deciding to have breast augmentation with implants is a major personal decision. There are many things to consider, key among them being the type of implant you will use. Usually, the implant you choose will greatly impact your final appearance and investment, so you want to choose wisely.
Women choose between silicone and saline breast implants. Silicone breast implants are made of silicone gel, while saline implants are filled with sterilized saline water.
When it comes to cost, saline implants are less expensive than silicone, but still, more women prefer silicone gel implants.
So, why is this?
Why Are Silicone Implants Inherently Better?
Natural Look and Feel
Silicone implants tend to look and feel more natural and are soft to the touch. Many patients are satisfied with how they hang with proper curvature and how they mimic natural breast tissue. They also are lighter.
On the other hand, saline implants are usually firmer and tend not to look as natural since they provide a more rounded, augmented ‘water balloon’ look.
Silicone implants are generally associated with lower rippling, wrinkling, and capsular contracture rates.
It is not uncommon to hear patients complain of noticeable rippling of the implant on their chest, which occurs when there is not enough natural tissue to cover the implant or when the implant is overfilled.
Fortunately, this is not an area of concern with silicone implants as the fill material closely mimics natural breast tissue. For women who want breast augmentation but have thin skin or do not have adequate breast tissue, silicone breast implants are a better alternative as they give the breasts a more natural look.
Most patients are happy with silicone implants over time. They are known for keeping their shape in the long term. For this reason, patients who plan to have breast implants for a long time (which basically encompasses every woman interested in the procedure) should prioritize getting silicone implants over saline ones.
A Wide Variety of Options
Finally, silicone implants come in multiple sizes, shapes, and levels of cohesiveness, allowing for greater customization than seen in saline breast augmentation.
As a matter of caution, it is crucial for patients with silicone implants to adhere to their scheduled MRI scans to ensure there have been no silent ruptures and confirm the implants are entirely intact.
If you are ready to get a breast augmentation, the best thing you can do is to seek expert advice on which breast implant type will give you the breast augmentation results you desire.
A qualified and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Messa can give you confidence in choosing the safest treatment techniques to help you achieve your breast enhancement goals.
What Does Breast Augmentation With Silicone Implants Look Like?
You can see more transformations by visiting our breast augmentation before and photo gallery.
Interested in Learning More About Your Breast Augmentation Options?
At Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center, we are committed to helping you select breast implants that will produce the most ideal outcome possible. We invite you to contact us at 954-659-7760 or 877-250-8117 or fill our online form to learn more about your breast augmentation procedure.