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Unveiling the Different Types of Breast Implants for Breast Augmentation- A Guide to Silicone and Saline Options

February 5, 2023

Discover Your Perfect Fit: The Pros and Cons of Silicone and Saline Breast Implants for Your Breast Augmentation
Discover Your Perfect Fit: The Pros and Cons of Silicone and Saline Breast Implants for Your Breast Augmentation



Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. It is a way for women to improve their self-esteem, confidence and overall appearance. There are two main types of breast implants available – silicone and saline – and each has its own unique set of benefits and drawbacks. In this guide, we will unveil the different types of breast implants, so you can make an informed decision when considering breast augmentation surgery.

Silicone Implants

Silicone breast implants are filled with a gel made of silicone, which is a rubber-like material. These implants have a more natural feel and look than saline implants, and are often preferred by women who want a more realistic appearance. Silicone implants are also less likely to wrinkle or ripple, and tend to hold their shape better over time. However, they can be more expensive than saline implants, and they require regular monitoring by a medical professional to ensure they are functioning properly.

Saline Implants

Saline breast implants are filled with a saltwater solution, and are FDA approved as well. They are less expensive than silicone implants and have a lower risk of rupturing. If a saline implant does rupture, the saline solution is naturally absorbed by the body, and the implant will simply deflate. This makes it easier for the surgeon to detect and treat a ruptured implant, as the change in size is noticeable. 

On the downside, saline implants are known to feel less natural than silicone implants, and they can wrinkle or ripple over time. Interestingly, saline and silicone implants have a very similar shell, or outer envelope.  

Similarities of Silicone And Saline Implants in Breast Augmentation

Both silicone and saline breast implants have a lot in common when it comes to profile options and placement. The profile options available for silicone and saline implants include low, moderate, high, and extra high, allowing women to choose the implant that best suits their body shape and desired breast appearance. Additionally, after creating a breast implant pocket, both silicone and saline implants can be placed either above or below the chest muscle, depending on the woman’s anatomy, aesthetic goals, and surgeon’s recommendations. This versatility means that women have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to selecting the perfect implant for their needs.

Which Implants are Best for your Breast Augmentation?

While both have their pros and cons, silicone implants are widely considered to be a better option for several reasons.

Silicone implants look and feel more natural compared to saline implants. The filler material, silicone gel, has a similar texture to natural breast tissue, making it less likely to ripple or become hard over time. Saline implants, on the other hand, tend to feel firmer and may produce a more noticeable rippling effect.

The shell or envelope for silicone and saline breast implants are similar, and in general, the envelope does not seem to contribute to the difference in feel. Rather, it’s the filler material that makes the biggest difference between a more natural feel after breast augmentation surgery. 

Silicone implants are also preferred by many women because they offer a wider range of profile options. From high profile to low profile, women can choose the profile that best fits their body type and aesthetic goals. Saline implants offer slightly fewer profile options, so women may not find the perfect fit for their body type.

Making an Informed Decision

Ultimately, the choice between silicone and saline implants comes down to personal preference and your individual needs. It is important to consider the pros and cons of each type of implant and to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine which option is best for you. Dr. Roy Kim can provide you with additional information and guidance, and help you make an informed decision about your breast augmentation surgery.


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