A Breast Augmentation is a procedure that is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. The surgery is used to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. This surgery is accessible to women of all body types and can help improve their overall body image.
Women considering the surgery will have to choose between two types of implants – saline or silicone. Many factors come into play when choosing the type of implant. The key to choosing the right one is having all the information at hand and consulting a good doctor.
Silicone implants have been used in the plastic surgery industry for years. Modern silicone implants have a silicone outer body that is filled with silicone gel. They have very little chance of rupturing, and they provide long-lasting benefits that are safe and effective.
Silicone implants do not have wrinkling or rippling effects and are suitable for patients that prefer over the muscle placement or have had a mastectomy in the past.
Saline implants are made up of a silicone shell that is filled with a saline solution. The post-surgical marks created from this procedure are minimal, and it is more suitable for women with a reasonable amount of breast tissue to minimize rippling.
Saline implants are placed into the incision before being filled to the appropriate size. This allows for a smaller incision and greater accuracy. For women who want a more spherical and visually augmented appearance, saline implants are the perfect solution.
Choosing Between Saline and Silicone Breast Implants
Some factors that dictate the type of implant to administer are:
• Saline implants are available to women over 18 years of age while silicone implants are available to women over 22 years of age.
• Saline implants tend to look better and have a more round finish. However, many patients prefer silicone as it feels more natural.
• Silicone implants are inserted into incisions that are placed around the nipples or under the breast. Saline implants can be inserted from under the breasts, near the nipple or from the underarm area.
• The post-surgical marks from a saline implant is minimal when compared to that of a silicone implant.
• Silicone implants are the preferred choice if a woman is already showing signs of drooping breasts. Silicone is lighter than saline and prevent downward displacement.
• Saline implants are cheaper than silicone implants so patients on a tight budget should consider their options before choosing either implant.
Choosing between the two implants has an impact on the type of results expected. For example, women looking for minor increases in breast size can choose either type of implants without worrying too much.
Women who have small breasts and wish to make them larger can choose silicone implants as they rarely form ripples and feel more natural. Ideally, the cosmetic surgeon and the patient should have a detailed discussion before the decision is made.
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Contact us to learn more about a breast augmentation surgery and the benefits it can provide for you. If you have any questions about the different types of implants and which would be best for you, Dr. Gregory Stagnone, a board-certified plastic surgeon, will provide the answers you desire.