If you are looking into getting a breast augmentation procedure at the Plastic Surgery Group, you are most likely coming to realize that you have a ton of options for your procedure. One of these options is regarding the fill of your implants. Below, we will discuss saline implants and some of the primary advantages this type of implant has over other types. As always, if you have any questions about the breast augmentation procedure – or whether to include a lift – contact us to speak with a professional and to schedule your consultation.
Saline implants are inserted and then filled with the saline solution once they are placed in the breast. This means that a smaller incision is required, as the outer shell is the only thing that needs to be placed into the breast from the incision point. This is opposed to silicone implants, which require a larger incision to fit the entire implant through.
A common fear among breast augmentation candidates is leakage. With silicone implants, many patients know of the “slow leak.” This occurs when there is a tear in the implant, causing the silicone to slowly leak out of the implant and into the body. This occurs so slowly that it often goes unnoticed, and can be potentially harmful to the patient’s body and health. Breast augmentation patients who opt for silicone may be advised to get an MRI every couple of years to check for these tears so that the implant can be replaced if necessary.
With saline implants, a leak will be immediately apparent, as the breast will appear noticeably different. The body can safely absorb saline, however, the implant will still need to be removed and replaced.
Saline implants do not need to be replaced unless they leak or break. Comparatively, silicone implants may need to be replaced every 10-20 years for safety. This will vary widely depending on the patient and their preferences as well as the surgeon’s recommendations, but it is still important to note.
Because saline implants are filled after being placed inside the breast, the surgeon has a bit more versatility. This allows them to adjust the fill according to the patient’s preferences and what they believe will be the best size during the procedure. Some surgeons believe that this allows them to achieve better symmetry than what patients with silicone implants are able to achieve.
Are saline implants right for you? Our plastic surgeons can help you determine if these are the right choice for your body to ensure you end up with a breast augmentation that exceeds your expectations. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and to learn more about saline implants.