Saline vs Silicone Breast Implants: How to make the right decision!

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The “silicone scare” is old news, and silicone breast implants are rapidly becoming the favorite for breast augmentation surgery.

If you’re considering breast implants, but are still a little skeptical about silicone, make sure you do some research before you make a decision. You don’t have to rely on second-hand, outdated information.

Keep Reading to learn more about why silicone implants are becoming the “gold-standard” for breast augmentation.

#1  Silicone Looks More Natural

Saline implants are not much more than high-tech water balloons, and as you might expect, water balloons don’t make the most natural breasts. Saline implants tend to feel much harder than silicone, and they don’t look very natural either. They are more likely to wrinkle under the skin, which can look and feel very unnatural, and they give you a higher chance of developing a capsular contracture, which can sometimes necessitate further surgery. If you think about it, spending $1200-$1400 on a water balloon may not make much sense, unless there is a very good reason to do so. If you’re not sure, just ask your plastic surgeon about which implant is the right one for you.

#2  Silicone Feels More Natural

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The biggest difference between saline and silicone is how they feel. While neither of them feels exactly like a natural breast, silicone is definitely a closer match.  It’s much softer, and moves in a more natural way. The best way to experience this difference for yourself is to talk to other women with implants. If you know anyone who has breast implants, don’t be afraid to ask for a look or even a feel! You’ll be surprised at how often they say “sure, go ahead”. Another great way to investigate the feel is to ask your surgeon to see some sample implants during your consultation. You can squeeze them until your heart’s content and decide for yourself which one feels more natural. Some doctors may even have former patients that are willing to talk to new patients about their experiences, so don’t be afraid to ask about that either.

#3  Silicone is Safer

The safety concerns over silicone implants that originated more than two decades ago were the result of unsubstantiated information that the media chose to publicize without knowing whether or not their stories had any factual basis. After years of internal review, the FDA fully approved their use for breast augmentation, and noted that there has never been any hard evidence to support the dangers that were heavily scrutinized by the media in the past. It’s also noteworthy that silicone breast implants happen to be the most common implant used for breast reconstruction surgery, which undoubtedly speaks to their safety profile.