Silicone Vs. Saline: Things to Know About Breast Implants

If you are thinking about breast implants you may want to consider whether a saline implant or a silicone implant is right for you. During your consultation you will be shown both implants.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. They’re inserted empty, and then filled once they’re in place. None the less, they are inserted through a small incision. Saline breast implants are available to women 18 and older for breast augmentation and to women of any age for breast reconstruction. They are, however, less expensive compared to silicone implants.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel. Silicone gel implants are FDA approved and are stable durable and cohesive. Cohesive means that it will not flow out of the implants shell, even if they rupture. Since they are inserted pre-filled, they require a slightly larger incision. This implant, many women believe, feels and looks very natural in your body. These implants are available for women over the age of 22.

Below is a table that gives a brief summary on the differences between saline and silicone implants.

Contact our office or call us at (619) 522-0821 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Jaibaji to get more information about saline and silicone implants. During your consultation these differences can be explained in more detail. It is helpful to consider what would work best for you. If you are not sure then your plastic surgeon will help you with that decision.

Moneer Jaibaji, MD is double board certified plastic surgeon serving the San Diego Area.