Saline vs. Silicone: Which Breast Implant Is Right For Me?

Breasts in Grey Tank TopEvery year many Calabasas women visit Dr. Costanzo for a breast augmentation. Once they have made the decision to move forward with the procedure, they may still be left with several questions about the exact detail of their upcoming procedure. One of those frequently asked questions is often regarding saline implants vs. silicone implants. Many women want to know how they are different, and which one would be best for them. Of course, no two women are the same; therefore, no two breast augmentations are the same. This is why it is best to visit Dr. Costanzo personally to discuss your ideal results with him. That way he will know which implant type is best for you and your individual case. To help prepare you for your consultation with Dr. Costanzo, keep reading to find out how saline implants differ from silicone implants, and when how each one can provide Calabasas women with the results they desire.

Saline Implants

Saline implants are an empty silicone shell implant that is filled with saline solution at the time of surgery. They come with a valve, which attaches to a disposable tube. This allows saline implants to be filled after they have been placed in the breasts.  Because saline implants have a watery consistency, they should be used in women who are a little heavier and have enough breast tissue to hide the implant.  In these women, a saline implant can feel just as soft and look just as natural as a silicone gel implant.

Saline implants should be avoided in breast reconstruction after a mastectomy because with the loss of breast tissue, the implant may show rippling in the implant shell. Saline implants come in a variety of sizes and one benefit is they can be adjusted in surgery by adding more volume. This can be an advantage and a good solution for some women who suffer from asymmetrical breasts.

If a saline implant ruptures, Calabasas women will know immediately, as the implant will noticeably deflate. This poses no health risks for patients as the saline solution will be absorbed into your body.  In order to remove and replace the ruptured implant, a rather simple opening of the incision will be required to replace the implant.

Silicone Implants

Like saline implants, silicone implants are made from layers of silicone but are pre-filled with silicone gel. This gel is thicker in consistency and most closely resembles the look and feel of natural tissue found in the breasts. Silicone implants cannot be adjusted in volume like their counterparts, so for asymmetrical breasts different size implants will need to be used. Because silicone implants are more popular for a variety of reasons that Dr. Costanzo can discuss with you during a consultation, they cost more than saline implants.

Call Dr. Costanzo today

If you’re ready to have breast augmentation and want to further discuss the process and procedure with Calabasas’ Dr. Costanzo, call his office today to book an initial consultation with him at (805) 373-9919. His desire is to help you become the best version of yourself!