Breast Augmentation: A Guide to Saline vs. Silicone Implants

breast augmentation Breast augmentation is more than a cosmetic procedure — it’s a transformative journey that begins with an important choice: saline or silicone implants.

This decision will have a long-lasting impact on your appearance and how you feel about your body. Learn more about both options with Thomas Wiener Plastic Surgery.

Saline Implants

Saline implants rely on a silicone shell filled with a sterile saline solution, somewhat like saltwater. This shell is then inserted into the body and filled to the desired volume.

Saline implants offer a few advantages. First off, it’s possible to adjust them more easily, allowing the surgeon to fine-tune the breasts’ size throughout the procedure.

Second, if a saline implant ruptures, the body harmlessly absorbs the saline solution. However, saline implants are known to feel less natural than silicone and may result in visible rippling in certain patients.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants, on the other hand, come pre-filled with a viscous silicone gel that more closely mimics the feel of breast tissue.

Many women prefer silicone implants for their natural appearance and feel. Also, they’re less likely to ripple when compared to saline implants. In the rare case of a rupture, however, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or escape into the breast implant pocket. This means it’s a good idea to conduct periodic checks through MRI or ultrasound.

Choosing What’s Right for You

The choice between saline and silicone is deeply personal and largely depends on your aesthetic goals, lifestyle, and body type.

Factors like age, the amount of natural breast tissue, and the placement of the implant (over or under the muscle) can influence the final result. All these factors should be considered when making your choice, so make sure to have an open and honest conversation with your surgeon about what’s most important to you.

Schedule a Consultation Today 

If you’re contemplating breast augmentation, but are uncertain about whether to opt for saline or silicone implants, Thomas Wiener Plastic Surgery can assist you. At our Houston practice, we place a premium on patient education and compassionate care.

If you’re interested in learning more about breast augmentation, please schedule a consultation using our online form below or at 281-488-5795. We can discuss your needs and concerns, determining the best course of action for your situation.




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