Weighing the Benefits of Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants
We understand each woman’s cosmetic concerns and goals are unique, which is why we offer different types of breast implants. Breast implants safely add volume and shape to your bust. With the right implants, your breast augmentation can look and feel natural for many years to come. Dr. David Passaretti can help you weigh the benefits and disadvantages of silicone vs. saline implants at our Darien office. Both are popular and offer distinct advantages and drawbacks. We will help you decide which type is right for you and guide you through the entire breast augmentation process so that you can achieve your desired results. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Passaretti and learn more about our breast implant options.
Benefits of Saline Implants
Saline implants are made of a silicone shell filled with a sterile saltwater solution. Since they can be filled after insertion, Dr. Passaretti can use a variety of incision techniques to place saline implants. He may recommend a small incision around your nipple, or in your armpit, navel, or the crease below your breast. Once it is inserted, he will then fill the shell using a tube, which means the implants' size can be adjusted during surgery for a more even, symmetrical appearance. If your saline implant ruptures, your body will simply absorb the saline solution, which is harmless. Women who opt for saline implants usually heal more quickly from surgery, and total treatment cost is typically lower.
Benefits of Silicone Implants
Many women feel that silicone implants provide a more natural appearance and texture than saline implants. This type of implant is filled with a silicone gel designed to mimic the properties of natural breast tissue. Unlike saline implants, silicone implants must be filled prior to insertion, meaning that Dr. Passaretti will need to make a larger incision and has fewer insertion options. For these reasons, it often takes women longer to heal from augmentation using silicone implants. Dr. Passaretti can help you decide which size of implant will best meet your aesthetic goals. While silicone implants are less likely than saline to rupture, they can rupture without your awareness. When saline implants rupture, they deflate, but if silicone gel leaks out of your implant it may require more complex treatment to correct.
Determining the Best Type for You
In most cases, Dr. Passaretti prefers to use silicone implants because they deliver a more natural look and have a lower risk of rupture. He also typically recommends round over teardrop-shaped implants because round implants provide more volume and can rotate without distorting the breasts. If teardrop-shaped implants shift within the breast, it can change the breast shape and require revision surgery. The shape, size, and material of your breast implants are all important considerations when planning your breast augmentation.
Learn More at Our Practice
Dr. Passaretti will use his expertise to help you determine which type of implant will suit your needs and deliver your desired results. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.