Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

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If you’re an Arizona woman who is dissatisfied with the look, shape or feel of your breasts, a breast augmentation might be an excellent option for achieving your aesthetic goals. Gawley Plastic Surgery has decades of experience with the breast augmentation procedure, and we will listen to your breast augmentation questions and concerns, will design a plan that is right for your unique needs and then make sure your entire experience is as safe and pleasant as possible.

You will have a number of different choices to make before you undergo your breast augmentation, especially with regards to your breast implants. The question of whether you should choose silicone or saline breast implants is an important one. We’ll give you the information you need to make an informed decision that is right for you.

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Advantages And Disadvantages of Silicone Breast Implants

There are trade-offs with all of your breast implant options, which is why the saline vs. silicone decision is best made when you have a complete sense of your priorities and goals for your breast augmentation.

First, silicone breast implants are only available for women who are over the age of 22. When considering a breast augmentation, a natural look might be a key priority for you. If it is, then you should know that many women who have undergone a breast augmentation say that silicone implants both look and feel more natural. This tends to be more noticeable if you choose the sub-glandular implant placement.

Silicone implants also come with a decreased risk of implant “rippling” or folding. On the other hand, silicone implants require a larger incision than saline implants. This produces a larger scar. Further, if a silicone implant ruptures or leaks, it can be harder to detect, as the silicone gel does not allow for the quick deflation that comes with a saline implant. Silicone implants have not been proven to pose a health risk if they rupture.

Advantages And Disadvantages of Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants are ideal if you are looking for a highly customizable size. The implant itself is actually empty when it placed inside your chest; we will then fill it with the saline solution. That means we have more flexibility when placing the implant, which means the incision required is usually smaller.Also, saline implants provide certain safety advantages. Should your saline implant leak, it will be noticeable immediately, which is important so you can schedule a replacement as soon as possible. Further, your body will safely absorb the saline solution, presenting you no health risk. However, saline implants tend to feel less natural than silicone implants and are at greater risk of rippling. This is less of a problem if you opt for a submuscular implant placement.

Whatever your choice of silicone or saline breast implants, we will make your breast augmentation experience a positive one.

If you’re an Arizona woman considering a breast augmentation, please contact our office today to arrange a consultation.

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Dr. Gawley is one of the premiere plastic surgeons in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. He specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, body, and face. Dr. Gawley combines his extensive training and state-of-the-art technology to provide his patients with personalized care and natural results.

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