If you’re considering breast augmentation, you’ll eventually have to answer one burning question: saline or silicone? Although both types of implants are safe, FDA-approved and can provide authentic-looking results in the hands of a skilled surgeon, the majority of implants used in surgical procedures are silicone. This decision is a highly personal preference, although Dr. Diaz will help guide you.
Here's what you should know before you choose: both types of implants have an outer shell made of silicone, so the primary difference comes down to different fillings, and ultimately, cost.
Implant options abound these days—in fact, once you choose between saline and silicone, you'll also get to pick from seemingly endless sizes and shapes to customize a pitch-perfect result. Dr. Diaz has over a decade of experience and a perfectionist's eye to help you determine what works best for your body. Like trying on wedding dresses or scrolling for party ideas on Pinterest, this is really a fun, exciting process the doctor will help simplify.
Saline implants (available to women 18 years and older) are inserted into the body while empty, and filled with sterile salt water once they've been put into place. This ensures more flexibility for the incision location, including the areola and belly button. Saline implants are the less expensive option and tend to look more round and full, particularly in the upper part of the chest where there would naturally be a sloping effect. The main disadvantage of saline implants is something called “rippling.” Rippling is when you can see or feel the edges of the implant. This is more common with saline implants than with silicone implants.
Silicone implants (available to women 22 and older) are ready to insert into the body since they are already filled with a cohesive silicone gel material. This thick gel mimics the suppleness and weight of adipose tissue that makes up a natural breast. Silicone implants should be inserted through an incision in the breast fold. They are often used for breast reconstruction since they are softer to the touch. Patients who have very thin breast tissue are often good candidates for silicone implants because they are softer and less prone to 'rippling' or rupturing. After years of rigorous testing and skepticism about safety, the FDA has procured no scientific data linking silicone to the various immune diseases they were once believed to cause. They have been proven entirely safe.
In the long run, no matter which implants you choose, Dr. Diaz will ensure that you love the way they look and feel. Your implants will serve to catapult your confidence to new levels seemingly overnight.
Your best is yet to be.