If you are considering a breast augmentation, one of the most important decisions you will need to make is the type of breast implant that will best suit your unique cosmetic goals. We offer both silicone and saline breast implants, and are eager to help you make the right choice.

 

Typically, we suggest silicone implants for anyone interested in a breast augmentation. Due to the way they are made, silicone implants typically have a more natural look and feel, a lesser chance of containing imperfections such as rippling or wrinkling, a lower risk of skin stretching and are generally suitable for women with little breast tissue to cover the implant. The main drawback of the silicone implants is that they are only FDA approved for women ages 22 and older.

 

The outer shells of all breast implants are made from silicone, but silicone breast implants are also filled with silicone gel. Silicone implants arrive at our office pre-filled by the manufacturer and inserted during the procedure that way, meaning larger incisions are required to accommodate the placement of this type of breast implant. If a silicone breast implant ruptures, the leak may be difficult to detect. Silicone implants hold their shape even if there is a tear, so your breast will most likely not look any different. For this reason, regular MRI scans are recommended for women with silicone breast implants.

 

On the other hand, saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution after they have been placed inside the breast. This allows for a smaller incision, which may reduce visible scarring. As an additional benefit, ruptures in saline implants are easier to detect, because the breast will have a deflated appearance when the implant ruptures.
Saline implants remain the only implant available for women aged 18 to 21, however, disadvantages of saline breast implants include a less natural appearance, higher likelihood of rippling or wrinkling, higher rate of breast droop, and increased proclivity to a complication called “double-bubble.”

 

Despite these disadvantages, many women still choose saline breast implants for their breast augmentation procedure. It’s important to fully understand the facts for both choices and consider your own unique situation when making the decision. We’re happy to go into further detail on the two options and assist you however we can in choosing the right implant for your body shape and aesthetic goals. Give us a call at (404) 257-9888 to schedule your free first consultation today!