When it comes to breast implant options, there are two candidates currently available in the U.S.: saline or silicone. Deciding between the two can be difficult for clients, with many concerned if one is better or safer than the other. Let’s take a look at if one type of implant is inherently better than the other.
Saline vs. Silicone
Breast augmentation can be done with either type of implants. The decision will come down to the preferences of the client.
Both implants are known for the material that fills them. With saline implants, a saline — or salt water — solution is used to fill the breast implant. The solution is sterile, and it does not fill the implant until it has already been inserted.
Silicone implants come pre-filled with silicone gel. Women select their implants based on shape and volume, which cannot be adjusted once the implant is in place. Newer silicone implants are known for keeping their shape over the long term, but these require larger incisions.
Benefits of Saline Implants
Saline and silicone implants are both used in the U.S. but their differences are key to selecting the best choice for you.
Because these implants are not filled until they are already in the chest cavity, the surgeon has significant control over their volume. As they fill them, they can observe the changes in real time, allowing them to stop filling the implant once it seems to match the look you asked for during your consultation.
As an added benefit, because they are placed unfilled, a smaller incision is needed, reducing the scarring left behind.
Benefits of Silicone Implants
One of the major benefits of silicone implants is that the fill material closely mimics natural breast tissue. This gives them a bounce and feel that is less synthetic, making them ideal for those who want a breast implant option that is discreet.
Both choices are FDA-approved. Which is best for the client will be a matter of personal preference. To help you decide which breast implant option is right for you, contact us online or call our Nashville practice today at (615) 327-7407 to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Davis.