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Saline vs. Silicone: Insight on Breast Implants

Breast Augmentation Popularity

Breast augmentation has remained one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S., and one of the first decisions about this procedure often involves patients choosing implants. The two FDA-approved breast implant types, saline, and silicone are available in a range of sizes, textures, and shapes. Since every patient has different goals and body profiles, Athens board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Ed Pittman and Dr. Chelsea Venditto understand that deciding which implant is best for your needs is a big decision. To help patients make educated choices, Dr. Pittman discusses the differences between each implant type.

Implant Differences

Saline and silicone breast implants are both comprised of an outer silicone elastomer shell. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saline solution while silicone implants contain a silicone gel. The FDA also recently approved the use of Allergan’s highly cohesive silicone gel implants, also known as gummy bear implants, which consist of silicone gel in a form-stable implant. These types of implants are available in round or teardrop shapes with either smooth or textured surfaces. Round implants typically provide more volume while teardrop implants conform to the patient’s body shape. Textured implants help prevent the devices from moving around the breast cavity but may pose a slightly higher risk for leaking. As discussed in a previous breast implant blog, implant choice is a very personal decision and requires thorough research and discussion with your plastic surgeon to choose a type.

The first component most patients consider is size.  Our board-certified plastic surgeons will help each patient determine which size will complement her body and what types of results to expect. Implant sizes are measured by volume in cubic centimeters instead of bra cup sizes (A, B, C, etc.). It is important to consider each patient’s weight, body structure, and goals. Patients may also opt for breast lift surgery, which improves breast appearance by lifting and tightening breasts that have lost their shape over time due to factors such as aging, pregnancy, gravity, and weight fluctuation.

To learn more about breast surgery or other body and facial cosmetic procedures, contact our office to schedule a consultation today. Connect with Pittman Plastic Surgery on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates on plastic surgery.

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