Patients considering breast augmentation surgery may not know where to begin. A major decision to be made for your breast augmentation will be whether to use silicone or saline breast implants. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will explain the differences and the pros and cons between the two types of implants to help you make an informed decision. The Plastic Surgery Institute of Atlanta (PSI), led by plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey, provides breast augmentation to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding locations.
Texture and Feel
Both saline and silicone breast implants feel unique, with silicone implants having a more natural feel. Silicone implants are softer and feel more like natural fat in the breasts. Saline implants will appear natural, but are firmer to touch. In the case of an implant rupture, saline implants are safer since the solution can be easily absorbed by the body.
Silicone implants appear more natural, as the implant hangs over the curvature in the same manner that natural breast tissue would. Saline breast implants can appear more round, firm and full.
Silicone and saline implants are placed in different areas of the chest during breast augmentation surgery, utilizing different incisions. Silicone implants are pre-filled and require a larger incision to be placed in the chest. Saline implants are inserted into the chest and then filled, requiring a smaller incision to be made.
Difference in Result Longevity
Although implants are meant to be durable, they still must be replaced or removed after time. Both silicone and saline implants are found to last about the same time.
Rippling and Rupture
A ruptured breast implant is uncommon, but is possible. When this occurs, the silicone fluid may permeate the body and can cause health complications. Saline implants are safer, as saline solution can be absorbed by the body in the case of a rupture.
Implant rippling can also occur due to capsular contracture or incorrectly sized implants. Rippling can affect the appearance of the skin in some cases, and is an equal risk in both use of saline or silicone implants.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding locations.
Contact Marietta, Georgia Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Atlanta for a Consultation
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