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Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants

Breast augmentation candidates should spend plenty of time considering silicone vs. saline breast implants. Both offer unique advantages that can make a significant difference in the results you can expect to achieve. Dr. Dennis Hurwitz in Pittsburgh, PA, is an experienced breast augmentation provider who believes patient education is absolutely essential to the success of the procedure, and he can help you make an informed decision regarding which type of implant is best for you. He can provide in-depth information during a consultation. In the meantime, please take a moment to read about the basic differences between saline and silicone implants.

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Saline and silicone breast implants offer two very different textures.

About Silicone Implants

Silicone implants consist of a flexible silicone exterior containing a viscous silicone gel. They are approved for use by patients age 22 and older. Most breast augmentation patients feel that silicone implants provide the most realistic texture. Because the silicone gel is thicker than saline solution, the implants retain their shape more effectively. They will not ripple, so you can feel confident that your breasts will support a natural-looking outward appearance. This feature can make silicone implants an excellent choice for patients with a naturally thin, lean frame.*

If you want to enhance the size and shape of your breasts, the type of implant used during the procedure is just one of many variables you will need to consider.

Because the implants are prefilled, they require a larger incision than saline implants. Although both types of implants have the potential to rupture, it is more difficult to detect a ruptured silicone implant. It is also more difficult to replace a ruptured silicone implant because the gel can adhere to surrounding tissues. Capsular contracture, or the abnormal growth of scar tissue around an implant that often results in a severely distorted breast, occurs more frequently among patients with silicone implants. While the precise cause of capsular contracture is not fully understood, research indicates that you can minimize your risk of the condition by choosing an accredited and experienced surgeon.

About Saline Implants

Saline implants consist of a silicone outer shell containing a saltwater solution. They are filled after placement, making it possible to perform surgery using only a very small incision. Saline implants are approved for use by patients age 18 and older. Once the implant is in place, it can be filled to achieve the desired size. This option also makes it easier to achieve symmetry between the breasts. In the event of a rupture, it will become immediately apparent. Meanwhile, the saline solution is harmlessly absorbed by the body.*

Choosing the Right Implant

The best way to determine which implant is right for you is to meet with Dr. Hurwitz. He will evaluate a number of factors, including your body type, weight, height, and your overall cosmetic goals. To help you make your decision, he will show you before and after photos of patients with results similar to what you hope to achieve.

Contact Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery

If you want to enhance the size and shape of your breasts, the type of implant used during the procedure is just one of many variables you will need to consider. During a consultation with Dr. Hurwitz, he can patiently explain your options and provide recommendations based on your goals and what you hope to achieve. To schedule your consultation, please complete our online contact form or call (866) 957-4456.

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