There are essentially two breast implant options to choose from when undergoing breast augmentation: saline and silicone breast implants. Both have advantages and drawbacks. The right type of breast implant for you will depend on a variety of factors, including your:
- Body type
- Amount of existing breast tissue
- Aesthetic goals
At your initial consultation, Phoenix plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey will discuss the pros and cons of each breast implant option with you in order to help you choose the right one for your unique needs.
Saline breast implants are approved by the FDA for use with women over the age of 18. They consist of a silicone shell filled with a sterile saline solution. Saline implants can be filled after being placed in your breasts. This allows for a smaller incision and gives Dr. Corey the ability to more accurately address issues such as breast asymmetry. However, saline breast implants tend to look and feel less natural than silicone implants in women who are more lean in bulid.
Silicone breast implants are approved by the FDA for use with women over the age of 22. They consist of a silicone shell filled with a cohesive silicone gel. Silicone implants are generally preferred by most women because they look and feel more natural than saline implants. In the event of a rupture, the cohesive silicone gel material will maintain its shape, preventing the asymmetrical appearance commonly experienced after a saline implant ruptures. As a result, it is recommended that you go for an MRI periodically to make sure that a rupture has not occurred.
Both saline and silicone breast implants can deliver excellent results. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide which option you feel most comfortable with. Dr. Corey will be happy to answer any questions you may have and share his recommendations in order to help you arrive at this decision.
Please contact Dr. John Corey today to schedule your initial breast augmentation consultation. We serve patients in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona.