It’s a common misconception to think that you’re avoiding silicone altogether when you choose saline breast implants. The outer casing of the implant is still comprised of silicone. This is just one fact about implants that should be considered as you look at your options for breast implants. Here are some additional factors that can help guide you to the right implant option for you.
Saline Implants Leave Smaller Scars
This is one benefit that causes many women to opt for saline implants. This is the case because saline implants can be filled after they are placed within the breast tissue pocket. If you’re concerned about scarring, then saline implants can be a good option.
Silicone Implants Won’t Ripple as Much
Either type of implant has a possibility of rippling or wrinkling over time, but this is a more common occurrence with saline implants. When an implant does wrinkle, it can produce ripples in the skin that can be seen on the bottom or sides of the breast. Since silicone gel implants are more form stable than saline, they have a lesser chance of producing visible complications.
Detecting a Rupture
While ruptures are rare, they do occur. Fortunately, with saline implants, a rupture is immediately noticeable and safer than silicone implants. As the rupture occurs, the saline will leak out of the implant quickly, causing the breast to deflate. The saline solution is not harmful and is absorbed into the body without concern. The deflation of the breast helps you to recognize that a rupture has occurred.
Alternatively, it’s almost impossible to notice that a silicone implant has ruptured. This is because the silicone collects in the breast pocket, where it may cause discomfort. According to FDA guidelines, women should get MRI exams every two years, starting with the third year after having received silicone implants. This can help to detect weak areas that might be prone to rupturing in the future.
How Much Do Implants Cost?
Another important factor to consider is the cost of the procedure, which is partially determined by the cost of the implant. Saline implants are considerably less expensive than silicone gel implants. By choosing the saline implants, you can save between $500 up to $1,000 on a breast augmentation procedure. Since the cost of the procedure is a major deciding factor for many people, saline implants present a more cost-effective option.
If you’re ready to move forward with a breast augmentation procedure, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form. An initial consultation can give you a better idea of what kind of results you can expect. Dr. Golosow is dedicated to providing high-quality services to women seeking breast augmentation and can discuss your best options for breast implants.