Breast augmentation remains one of the most sought-after cosmetic surgeries in Tallahassee, FL, offering significant changes in breast size and shape. This procedure primarily involves the use of two types of implants: silicone and saline. Each type has unique characteristics, and choosing the right one can influence both the aesthetic outcome and the feel of the breasts. 

We at Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic have provided a detailed comparison to aid in making an informed choice.

Material and Filling

The primary difference between these implants lies in their contents. Silicone implants are filled with viscous silicone gel that mimics the feel of natural breast tissue closely. This option is favored for its ability to provide a smooth and realistic texture. 

On the other hand, saline implants consist of a silicone shell filled with sterile saline solution. These are often inserted empty and filled once in place, allowing for adjustable volume and smaller incisions.

Look and Feel

Silicone implants are generally praised for their natural feel, which closely resembles that of actual breast tissue. They are less likely to cause rippling and are preferred for their aesthetic superiority, particularly in patients with less natural breast tissue. 

Saline implants, while firmer, offer a uniform shape and firmness that some patients may prefer, particularly those who seek a more noticeable enhancement.

Rupture Detection

Saline implant ruptures are immediately noticeable; the saline solution is harmlessly absorbed by the body, causing the breast to lose its shape rapidly. This makes detection straightforward and replacement relatively simple. 

Silicone implants, however, require regular monitoring through MRI scans to detect a rupture, as the gel may remain within the implant shell or breast capsule, a situation known as a "silent rupture."

Placement Options and Surgical Considerations

Implants can be positioned either under the pectoral muscle (submuscular placement) or directly behind the breast tissue, above the muscle (subglandular placement). Submuscular placement is often recommended for patients with minimal breast tissue as it provides more coverage of the implant, reducing the visibility of the implant’s edges, and is thought to interfere less with mammogram examinations. The choice of placement depends on various factors including the patient’s body type, the degree of enlargement desired, and the specific characteristics of the implants chosen.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Between Silicone and Saline Implants

Each implant type offers distinct advantages depending on your aesthetic goals, physical characteristics, and budget. Below, we outline several important factors to help guide your decision-making process.

  • Desired Aesthetics: For a more natural appearance and feel, silicone is often preferred. Saline might be selected for a firmer look.
  • Body Type and Tissue Laxity: Individuals with thinner tissues might opt for silicone to avoid the rippling effect that can be more apparent with saline.
  • Personal Preference Regarding Feel: Hands-on examination of sample implants during consultation can provide a better understanding of the final feel.
  • Cost Considerations: Saline implants are generally less expensive both in terms of initial cost and potential future procedures for rupture.

Choosing between silicone and saline breast implants is highly personal and depends on factors like desired aesthetic, budget, and physical characteristics. Discuss your options with us at Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic to choose the option that best meets your expectations.

Schedule Your Consultation

We recommend scheduling a consultation with our team of board-certified plastic surgeons at Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic who can provide personalized advice and answers to all your questions. Through our patient-centered approach, we can help you achieve your desired breast augmentation results safely and effectively.