Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

What’s the Difference?   
Whether to go with saline or silicone breast implants is a matter of personal choice. Before you decide which is right for you, it is important to make sure you understand the pros and cons of each.

Saline implants are filled with saline, typically at the time of surgery. These tend to feel firmer than silicone implants. There could be a slightly greater chance of visible rippling or wrinkling with saline implants. The chances of this are reduced when implants are inserted under the pectoral muscle.

Silicone implants are prefilled with silicone gel, which is a thick, sticky fluid that mimics the feel of natural tissue.

In most cases, there is little to no difference between the appearances of breasts augmented with saline versus silicone. However, each patient’s individual muscle stiffness or looseness is important to consider when choosing the implant type.
-Courtesy of Dr. Robert Colgrove, Vinings Surgery Center

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