When it comes to breast augmentation, the type of implant used is one of the most discussed aspects of the operation. While neither choice is “wrong”, there are differences between the two breast implant types that may impact whether the implant is appropriate for the patient.
Considerations when selecting breast implants, such aspects as age, preferences, and physical goals can play a significant role in the decision. To make the most informed breast augmentation choice, the pros and cons should be weighed thoroughly, along with a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.
Experience a Breast Augmentation Consultation with Dr. Ennis
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants are silicone shells that are pre-filled with silicone gel. Silicone has established a reputation of feeling and looking more like natural breasts. While it may be harder to detect a rupture in silicone implants, modern options are equipped with a thicker outer shell which offers additional protection.
Characteristics of Silicone Breast Implants include:
- Approved for patients 22 years or older
- Natural look
- Pre-filled shells
- Slow-leak rupture, harder to detect
- Generally, cost more than saline
- Less likely to cause ripples
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants differ from silicone in that the implant is first placed in the chest pocket and then filled inside the body. Patients are less concerned about the saline solution rupturing in their bodies since the body will naturally absorb the solution without any health risks.
Breast Implant Before & After Photos
Breast Augmentation Mod+ gel
Breast Augmentation 24yof 5_10 100 L375 R350 Mod+ gel
Implant type: Sientra HP Gel
Implant size: R595_ L545.
Cup Site: From cup size A to D
Breast Augmentation Sientra ModPlus Gel
Breast Augmentation 29yo 5_4_ 115lbs 34A. Bilateral Breast Aug Sientra ModPlus Gel R440 L410.
Breast Augmentation 35yo 5_4_ 125lb 34B Breast Aug Sientra ModPlus Gel R485_ L435 (20150306122407476) 20150626111222727
Breast Augmentation Mentor Smooth MPlus Gel
Breast Augmentation 38yo 5_6_ 121lb 32A with Mentor Smooth MPlus Gel L350 R375
Characteristics of Saline Breast Implants include:
- Approved for patients 18 years or older
- Filled with saline solution
- Easier to detect rupture
- Firmer, rounder appearance
- Generally, more affordable
- More likely to cause ripples
Breast Surgeon Dr. Ennis Discusses Implant Sizes & Types
How to Make the Decision
Ultimately, the patient will need to make their decision with the guidance of a skilled plastic surgeon. The only real restriction is based on age and financial means. Other than that, the choice will be based on appearance and assessment potential health risks. However, thousands of patients have opted for saline or silicone and been incredibly happy with the results.