A woman who is interested in breast augmentation or breast reconstruction now has a choice between implants that are filled either with saline solution or silicone gel. But what are the differences between them, and which one is better? First, the shell of both saline and silicone breast implants is made out of silicone. This is not the same material as silicon, which is a natural element that has some of the characteristics of a metal and so is called a metalloid. Silicone is man-made. The silicone polymer is made of molecules of silicon, oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen.
Silicone vs saline breast implants | American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Breast augmentation can increase the volume of the breast in naturally small breasted women, can replace volume that was lost after breastfeeding or major weight loss, change the breast shape such as in tubular breasts , and create better symmetry to the breasts if they are naturally different sizes or shapes. All breast implants have a shell made out of an inert polymer called silicone. The shell surface can be either smooth or textured. Smooth walled implants roll around subtly in their breast pocket, mimicking the movement of a natural breast, while textured implants encourage soft tissue ingrowth into their small surface interstices, keeping the implant more stiffly in place. Breast implants have a variety of base widths, projection amounts and fill volumes. There is not a "one size fits all" approach to breast augmentation.
What’s the difference between saline and silicone breast implants?
Posted in Plastic Surgery. At your initial Breast Augmentation consultation with Dr. Tal Roudner, he will inform you of the breast implant materials he offers his patients. Once you decide that you want breast implants, you need to determine which material is right for you saline or silicone. The best way for you to make this decision is by learning as much as you can about each type of implant.
Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as a "boob job" by patients, involves using breast implants or fat transfer to enhance your breasts. Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. Should the implant shell leak, a saline implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body. Structured implants are filled with sterile salt water, and contain an inner structure which aims to make the implant feel more natural. Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel.