Breast Implant Filling Types

Once you’ve decided to have a breast implant procedure, you will need to decide whether you’re going to choose saline or silicone implants. Regardless of which you choose, each has their benefits, and it’s a matter of determining which best suits your body and lifestyle.

Breast Implant Filling Types

Differences Between Implant Fillings

  • Saline: Saline implants are made of an outer silicone shell which is then filled with saline. Saline is salt water and is very similar to fluids that are already found in the body. The implant surface can be smooth or textured and is available in a variety of volumes, shell thickness, and shape. Saline implants generally range in size from 120cc to 960cc, and since they are inserted empty and filled afterwards, this also grants the ability for the individual to go up in size later on if they desire. Saline implants cost less than silicone and have a lower rate of capsular contracture. Any potential rupture is also easier to detect, and they require a smaller incision than a silicone implant. A saline implant will, however, feel firmer than a silicone implant.
  • Silicone: A silicone implant is made of a durable silicone shell which is filled with a silicone gel. This gel feels similar to natural breast tissue. The implant surface can be smooth or textured, as with saline, and come in round and teardrop shapes. Silicone implants come pre-filled and are not adjustable, so the implant incision is larger than a saline implant, and the size is permanent. If you are thin and have low body fat or little breast tissue, your doctor may recommend silicone implants as they will often have a more natural result. Many other body types will work well with silicone implants as well. In silicone implants, there is less of a chance of rippling, and in comparison to saline, if a rupture were to occur, the inner filling is not released into the body. In the event of a rupture, however, an MRI would be needed to diagnose it.

Differences Between Implant Fillings

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