One of the most important decisions you will need to make when undergoing breast augmentation is what type of breast implant you prefer. There are essentially two different breast implant types – saline and silicone. Both have their advantages and drawbacks, and Dr. Crispin will explain the differences in great detail to ensure you make a fully informed decision regarding which option is right for you.
Silicone breast implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel material. They deliver a much more natural looking and feeling result, making them the preferred choice for many of Dr. Crispin’s patients. Other advantages include:
- Lower risk of rippling
- Excellent option for women with minimal natural breast tissue
- Maintains its shape in the event of a rupture
There are also a few drawbacks. Since silicone breast implants come pre-filled, they limit your breast augmentation incision options. Also, since they hold their shape after a rupture, you will need to undergo regular MRI scans to make sure a rupture hasn’t occurred.
Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile salt water solution. Since they are filled after being placed inside your breast, you have more options for the incision location, and Dr. Crispin can more easily correct for breast asymmetry. In addition, it will be easier to detect a rupture since the breast implant will deflate.
However, there are also several drawbacks to saline breast implants, including:
- Less natural look and feel
- More prone to rippling
- More prone to a complication called “double bubble”
- Higher rate of breast drooping
During your initial consultation, Dr. Crispin will review this information with you and help you determine the best option to achieve your goals.