Saline vs. Silicone: Choosing the Best Implant for a Fuller Breast

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Patients seeking breast enhancements (or augmentation) consult with Beachwood Plastic Surgery for a number of common reasons. Many desire a fuller, “perkier” appearance, while others are more interested in size and shape. Dr. Goldman offers silicone and saline implant options to help the patient achieve her desired look and feel. Silicone and saline implants provide a nice cosmetic lift and plumping of the breasts; however, both achieve different results in term of size, appearance, and texture. One of the common questions patients ask is “Which is better?”

The Benefits of Saline Implants

Saline is often the preferred option for patients who want a higher and rounder appearance to the breast, or, in essence, a perkier and more youthful look. Patients who have a fair amount of breast tissue and who are seeking a smaller implant are often excellent candidates for saline. Those with thicker or denser breast tissue tend to have more elasticity of the skin. The saline implants appear smooth and natural under the skin in these conditions. However, the larger the saline implant, the more likely the breasts can appear artificial. In this case, a patient may opt for a silicone implant.

The Benefits of Silicone Implants

Cosmetically, silicone implants are generally softer than saline in terms of both look and feel. Because of this, they are less likely to show rippling and therefore can provide a more natural look as the breast is made larger. Patients with a thinner frame requesting larger implants are generally excellent candidates for silicone because they often have less breast tissue and less elasticity of the skin.

Which Will Work for You

Dr. Goldman advocates for the use of either silicone or saline as a safe option for breast augmentation. One is not “better” than the other; rather, saline may be more appropriate for a particular patient, while silicone is a more suitable option for another. Ultimately, the best way for a patient to choose the implant type is to discuss with Dr. Goldman specific aesthetic goals, concern for long-term leakage, and the characteristics of her skin, breast tissue, and body weight. During this comprehensive consultation the implant that will best meet the goals of the patient becomes clearer.

For more information, contact Beachwood Plastic Surgery.
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