Everything You Need to Know About Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

  • Posted on: 7 December 2016
  • By: Dr. Mucci

If you’re looking into breast implants, you’ve probably already heard about silicone versus saline implants. As the two most common options, it’s up to the patient to decide which one fits their needs best.

There are a number of factors to consider, so to help you through the decision making process, we’ve outlined the key differences below. However, nothing beats talking face to face with a professional-- if you’re seriously considering breast implants, call Dr. Mucci today to schedule a consultation!

 

Without further ado, here are some things to keep in mind when considering silicone versus saline implants:

Silicone implants are often said to feel more “natural.” Silicone implants have an outer shell that is filled with a cohesive silicone gel, acting more like a solid than their saline counterparts. Many patients say these feel most like natural breast tissue.

Saline implants generally look more round. While silicone implants may look more natural, saline implants have a round appearance which is most pronounced in thin women with modest breast tissue. For many, this is more desirable. At a consultation, a surgeon can show you pictures of these implants so that you can decide if they fit what you’re looking for.

Silicone implants are less likely to droop. Silicone implants are lighter than saline, making them less likely to droop or go through downward displacement due to gravity. If you’re already experiencing some downward displacement, you should note that saline implants will be especially likely to droop.

Size considerations. If you have moderately sized breasts (in the C-cup range) and are getting implants for larger ones, there will not be a large difference between silicone and saline implants. Conversely, if you have smaller amounts of breast tissue (A-cup range) and are going to a D-cup or larger, then silicone implants will seem considerably more natural.

Silicone is slightly more expensive. Though we strongly urge patients to consider expense last if at all possible (it is your body, after all), it must be noted that silicone implants do cost a little more than saline. While you shouldn’t choose on the basis of cost, it’s something to keep in mind when planning for the procedure.

 

Having trouble deciding whether silicone or saline implants are right for your breast augmentation? Call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mucci! Dr. Mucci received a world-class education at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland Baltimore, and has been performing cosmetic surgeries at state-of-the-art hospitals for over 20 years. There’s no one more qualified to consult about cosmetic surgery and perform your procedure.

Schedule a consultation today to learn what breast implant procedure will be right for you!