The decision to enhance one’s breasts for either cosmetic or reconstructive purposes is an important one. Women have many options when it comes to breast augmentation including, size, shape, and material. There are pros and cons to both saline and silicone breast implants. It is important for the patient to be well educated on the difference between the two because ultimately the choice is hers.
Both types of implants are composed of an outer silicone shell. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water while silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel. Saline implants are inserted into the patient empty and then filled, thus minimizing the size of the incision. Silicone implants are inserted pre-filled, therefore the incision must be larger.
Many women feel that silicone implants more closely mimic real breast tissue in their look and feel; however, saline implants have made many strides since they were first introduced and are often the implant of choice.
The possibility of implant rupture must be taken into consideration as well. If a saline implant were to rupture it would be quite obvious. The breast would deflate over a period of a day or two and the saline solution would be absorbed by the body without any negative implications to the patient’s health. The silicone shell may then be surgically removed or replaced by a new implant.
A silicone implant rupture may go undetected for quite some time. This is known as a “silent” rupture. In the event of a silicone rupture the silicone most often gets trapped in the capsule. The capsule is a pocket within the breast which has formed around the implant itself. There may not be any apparent change to the breast in the event of a rupture; however, over time the breast may change shape. If a rupture is to occur, the implant and free silicone should be surgically removed. A silicone implant rupture can be detected by an MRI, which is recommended every two years for patients with silicone implants.
The patient’s body type, size of their natural breasts, size of their desired breasts, age, and many other factors will play a role in this decision. Listen to your doctor as they weigh the pros and cons of implant types, size, and shape. Together you will be able to select an implant that will be the perfect fit. Here at Vecchione Plastic Surgery we offer Natrelle Breast Implants. Natrelle offers over 100 shapes and sizes for you to choose from. Visit their website to learn more about your options.