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Silicone vs. Saline Implants: What’s the Difference?

Choosing saline or silicone isn’t as easy as choosing an apple over an orange. Deciding the implant best suited for you is one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make before your breast augmentation surgery. Both saline and silicone implants can create stunning results, and each certainly has its own unique benefits. What’s the difference?  Keep reading to find out!

Which Implant is Right for Me?

Both saline and silicone implants are safe and effective options for breast augmentation. The best way to determine the right type for you is through a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon with excellent reputation. Come prepared to discuss your ideal breasts (YES, pictures are helpful!) and goals for the surgery. Dr. Sajjadian is triple board certified and well respected by his peers, earning the prestigious “Physician of Excellence” recognition from them and the Orange County Medical Association in 2014.

Dr. Sajjadian provides world class care and personalized attention to each of his patients.  He listens to your personal goals and supports you with his professional, skillfully honed knowledge to ensure you receive natural looking, beautiful results.  When considering breast augmentation, there are many aspects to consider; anatomy, desired size and shape, personal preference.  A comfortable, informative consultation with Dr. Sajjadian is the best way to get all the information you need, safely and personally.

Saline Implants

Saline implants consist of a silicone outer shell filled with a sterile saline (salt water) solution. Approved for use in cosmetic breast augmentation in patients 18 and older, some advantages can include:

  • Smaller Incisions – With saline implants, the empty implant shell can be placed and then filled, which means a smaller incision can be used. Dr. Sajjadian uses the latest surgical techniques to minimize any scarring from your procedure.
  • More Affordable – Saline implants cost less than silicone implants, but still yield stunning results.
  • Easier Replacement – Should you ever need to remove or replace your implants, the surgery is typically easier with saline implants.
  • Easy to See Ruptures – If a saline implant ruptures, the implant will deflate the body will absorb and eliminate the saline solution inside.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are made up of a silicone outer shell with a silicone gel filling. They are FDA-approved for cosmetic breast augmentation in patients 22 years old and above.  Benefits can include:

  • Lighter, More Natural Feel – Silicone implants are loved for their natural breast feel. They are lighter and softer than saline implants.
  • Less Rippling and wrinkling– Saline implants are more likely to ripple than silicone, especially if they are under filled.
  • In addition, make sure you inquire about the new types of “memory shaped” implants which are more anatomical in shape and have the tear drop shape.