Saline vs. Silicone ImplantsCosmetic Breast Surgery: Posted on
Find out which one is right for you
If you’ve ever had any girlfriends that have had implants, they probably have a definite opinion about which type of implant is better. That’s because they chose either silicone or saline for a reason. If you’re embarking on your own decision-making journey about which implant is the best one to choose, allow us to help clarify the difference between the two.
The History of Implants
In 1962, Timmie Jean Lindsey became the first recipient of silicone breast implants. She still has them in there today. Breast implants were the brainchild of Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin, two surgeons who had no idea how much they would revolutionize way women could handle issues with their body. Even greater, they paved the way for women recovering from a mastectomy due to breast cancer.
The procedure worked well and led the way to the development of the modern breast enhancement surgeries. It wasn’t all roses though. There were points in history where the safety of breast implants was questioned only leading to the modern-age where implants are created differently than they were in those beginning years. Today, breast augmentation surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgery, second only to liposuction. [Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-17511491]
Understanding the Silicone Implant
Every implant available actually has a silicone lining around the outside. This is because silicone has a natural feel and proves quite durable at the same time. Inside the silicone implants is a silicone gel. This moveable gel gives the breast implants a more natural, softer feel than other choices. If you’re looking for natural, silicone is the way to go. For many years, silicone was the only option available and will prove to be a fan favorite for those who had implants put in during the 70s or 80
Understanding the Saline Implant
In the 90s and 2000s, saline implants burst onto the scene as an alternative to silicone implants. The saline implants are filled with a sterile salt water. They are put in the body and then filled up with the sterile water. Saline implants have a round, robust appearance. For some, this is the look they want, not worrying about whether or not others can tell they have enhanced breasts. Saline breast implants are usually the cheapest option for breast augmentation.
Introducing the Gummy Bear Implant
A new implant made of a cohesive silicone gel is proving to be extremely durable and nearly impossible to leak. The gummy bear implant gets its name from the texture of the implant that resembles the popular children’s candy. These implants can be more expensive but are a great option to explore when considering longevity of an implant. If the gummy bear implant does shift positions, a surgery will be required to get it back where it belongs.
Making The Choice on Implant type
Ultimately, the decision of which implant to choose is a very personal decision. You know your body better than anyone else so you’ll know exactly what choice to make. You’ll want to think about what items are non-negotiables for you.
- Do you want a natural feel?
- Does money matter?
By asking yourself these questions, you can begin to understand your wants and needs for your implants. Talking with others, looking at pictures of what to expect and having a consultation with your surgeon are all great ideas to help you make a final decision. Whether you want silicone or saline, you can rest assured that you’ll get a breast augmentation that you’re happy with and excited to show off to the world.
If you’re interested in breast implants, contact our team today! We’ll take you step by step through the process at your consultation so you can know which implant type is best for you.