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The Major Differences Between Saline and Silicone Breast Implants

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Deciding to enhance your breasts by undergoing breast augmentation is only the first of many decisions you will have to make. Along with the size of the implant, you will decide on the shape as well where and how the implant is placed. You will also have to choose the fill of your implant. When it comes to your breast implants, you have two options: saline and silicone.
Here, we take a closer look and break down some of the factors that may influence your decision.

Saline vs. Silicone: Just What’s Inside?

As the name suggests, saline implants are made-up of sterile water and are filled post-insertion. Silicone implants come pre-filled and consist of a silicone gel that closely mimics the look and feel of natural breast tissue.

Saline vs. Silicone: How Old Do You Need to Be?

For some of Dr. Benien’s younger patients, their age can impact what type of implant they choose. Whereas saline implants are available for women once they turn 18, silicone implants are not available to women until they are 22.

It’s worth noting that these age restrictions are specifically for breast enhancement procedures. If a patient needs breast reconstruction, both saline and silicone implants are available to them at 18.

Saline vs. Silicone: What Is the Chance of a Rupture?

Although it is not common, there is a small chance that your implant can rupture. While a rupture in neither a saline nor silicone implant is harmful, they do act differently. Whereas a rupture with a saline implant will noticeably deflate, many patients remain unaware that their silicone implant has ruptured. In either case, Dr. Benien will help you determine whether to replace, remove, or adjust the ruptured implant.

Saline vs. Silicone: How Long Do Implants Last?

Regardless of their fill, breast implants are not meant to last a lifetime. That said, neither implant has a set expiration date. Significant improvements have been made to both saline and silicone implants that have expanded their expected lifespan. Whereas it used to be recommended that implants be replaced every ten years or so, many patients are pleased with the size and shape of their implants for far longer. 

Deciding on the fill of your implant is a big decision. Seeking out the advice of a board certified cosmetic surgeon is very helpful. With decades of experience, Dr. Benien is able to walk you through the decision making process—ultimately, helping you decide upon the implant fill that will best achieve your breast enhancement goals.