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Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Choosing the right type of breast implant for your breast augmentation is one of the most important decisions you will need to make regarding your procedure. Your ultimate choice will have a significant impact on your final results and should only be made after considering the pros and cons of each option.

While both saline and silicone breast implants provide excellent results and are safe for your body, there are important differences between the two which you should be aware of. This page will provide you with some basic information regarding these differences, but to make a fully informed decision, we recommend you talk to Dr. Bottger in person so that he can answer all of your questions. Please call (610) 355-4278 today to schedule your consultation at our Philadelphia plastic surgery office.

Advanced Research and Technology for Better, Safer Breast Implants

Due to the superior research and advanced technology available today, both saline and silicone breast implants deliver better results than ever before. The controversies associated with silicone breast implants in the early 90s have led to a greater focus on creating a product that is extremely safe.

Since being reapproved by the FDA in 2006, silicone breast implants have grown tremendously in popularity. The moratorium on these implants spanning nearly a decade and a half allowed breast implant manufacturers to develop a product that is far superior to what was available before silicone implants were pulled from the market in the 90s. Furthermore, clinical studies have shown that silicone implants are not linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, autoimmune disorders, or other localized conditions, dispelling fallacies that had previously been associated with this option.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a sterile saline solution (salt water). They are approved by the FDA for use with women ages 18 and older.

Benefits of saline breast implants include:

  • Can be filled after being inserted into your body, making it easier to address breast asymmetry issues
  • Requires a smaller incision, allowing you to minimize scarring
  • Saline solution is safely absorbed by your body if the implant ruptures
  • Costs less than silicone breast implants

However, there are also a few drawbacks to saline breast implants, including:

  • Look and feel less natural
  • Implant will deflate after a rupture, creating an uneven breast appearance that will require an immediate revision procedure to correct
  • More prone to rippling

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a cohesive silicone gel material. They are approved by the FDA for use with women over the age of 22.

Silicone breast implants offer many valuable benefits. The most important advantage to choosing silicone implants is that they look and feel more natural than saline breast implants. Other benefits include:

  • Maintain their shape after a rupture, preventing a lopsided, asymmetrical breast appearance from developing
  • Less likely to wrinkle or ripple

The main drawback to silicone breast implants is that you will not be able to know when a rupture occurs. As a result, the FDA recommends going for periodic MRIs to check for potential ruptures.

Please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your initial breast implant consultation. We serve patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.