There are many reasons why you might be considering breast augmentation. Whether to increase the size or enhance the appearance of your chest or as reconstruction following a mastectomy or injury, breast augmentation can safely provide you with the appearance you want. Like many cosmetic or aesthetic treatments and surgeries, there are options to consider with breast augmentation.
Along with the general size of the implant, one of the most important considerations is the material to be used. For decades, implants used in breast augmentation surgery have come as either saline or silicone implants. While the types have not changed, the composition of each has improved significantly over the years.
Saline implants are made from an inert sac that holds a specific amount of saline solution. In general, saline implants tend to be more round but are pliable enough to take on a somewhat anatomical or teardrop shape once inserted.
Although saline implants can last many years and more than a decade, they can be more susceptible to rupturing from impact or other factors. Although surgery is required to restore the implant and appearance, this generally does not pose a health concern as the saline is the same as used in IVs and quickly and safely absorbed by your body.
Silicone implants, on the other hand, are relatively firmer and are formed into a specific shape. Often called “gummy bear” implants, silicone implants usually have a more anatomical shape but may not move as naturally as saline implants.
Silicone implants perhaps have had to most advancements in material technology. Modern silicone implants tend to stay together if the outer liner is ruptured and does not leak. In many cases, it takes imaging equipment to identify whether the implant has ruptured.
Though there are differences between the implant types, both can safely and effectively give you a look you want. Many modern silicone implants also have lifetime warranties. If you are considering breast augmentation, call Main Line Plastic Surgery in Bryn Mawr, PA, at 484-222-0010 or visit www.mainlineplasticsurgery.com to schedule a consultation and see if saline or silicone implants are right for you.