The Differences Between Saline and Silicone Implants

Many women wish that they could have breasts that are fuller, larger, perkier, and better contoured. Surgery is necessary to achieve this, namely a  breast augmentation. Breast augmentation surgery involves the placement of breast implants into the breast pocket. There are plenty of concerns when it comes to the breast augmentation procedure, including the site of the incisions and the placement of the breast implants relative to the chest muscle, but one of the most important concerns is what kind of breast implants to use: silicone breast implants or saline breast implants?

When you meet with  Melbourne plastic surgeon  Richard Maxwell, he will discuss these options in great detail during the consultation. Many times a patient’s body type, skin condition (particularly in the chest and the torso area), and aesthetic goals will determine whether saline breast implants or silicone breast implants will be used. Let’s quickly look at the differences between the two.

The most obvious difference between silicone breast implants and saline breast implants is their composition. The former is filled with a silicone gel while the latter is filled with a saline solution. In general, silicone breast implants look and feel more like natural breasts than saline breast implants. Saline breast implants do have an advantage over silicone breast implants when it comes to possible ruptures. Saline implants deflate much quicker than silicone implants, so the issue can be caught and addressed much sooner.

The incision sites for  Melbourne breast augmentation  will also be affected by the kind of breast implants you get. If you  decide on  silicone breast implants, the incisions will be located around the areola or in the fold under the breast. With saline breast implants, they can be placed in the breast pocket by way of an incision concealed in the armpit.

There are many more concerns that potential patients should keep in mind when it comes to breast implants and breast augmentation surgery. To learn more about breast implant options and how you can enhance your figure, be sure to  contact our plastic surgery offices near Melbourne  today.

Last updated: May 22, 2019
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Dr Richard Maxwell MBBS FRACS(Plas)
Mr. Richard Maxwell graduated in medicine from Monash University in Melbourne in 1981. He trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Alfred Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit in Melbourne. He completed his training in 1989, gaining the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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