Saline Breast Implants
Advantages and Disadvantages
Saline breast implants are composed of water and salt. Because the solution is sterile, it is not harmful to the body should any leaks occur. Saline implants are generally considered safer than silicone and are typically less expensive. They are available in two different shapes—round and teardrop—so they can be tailored to your individual figure, and the saline gives the implants a softer feel. Without any complications, saline implants can last well over 10 years.
Saline implants, do, however, tend to show ripples, especially in women who are thinner and have less breast tissue. There is also the risk of capsular contracture, and saline implants are more likely to rupture than silicone. Should a rupture occur, however, the solution will disperse harmlessly into the body.
Saline implants can be placed subglandularly, under the breast tissue and mammary gland but above the pectoral muscle. They can also be placed submuscularly, beneath the pectoral muscle. There are advantages and disadvantages to each placement option, and Dr. Lacey & Dr. MacArthur can help determine which is right for you during your consultation.
During your breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Lacey & Dr. MacArthur will create inconspicuous incisions in each breast. The implant will then be placed in the breast and filled with saline solution to achieve the desired breast size.
We offer saline and silicone breast implants to meet your unique needs and goals. Both types of implants offer a number of advantages, and Dr. Lacey & Dr. MacArthur can help you decide which is right for you.
Silicone Breast Implants
Advantages and Disadvantages
Silicone implants feature an outer silicone shell that is pre-filled with silicone-based gel. These implants offer a more natural look and feel than saline implants. They rarely ripple, so they are a great option for thinner women who have less breast tissue. Silicone implants are often more expensive than saline implants. Free of complications, silicone implants generally last about 10 years.
Because silicone implants are pre-filled, they generally require larger incisions for placement. As with saline implants, silicone implants can rupture, although there is less risk of rupture with this option. Ruptures are more difficult to detect in silicone implants, and they also have a greater risk of capsular contracture.
Silicone implants can also be placed subglandularly or submuscularly. Due to silicone’s close resemblance to breast tissue, many women opt for submuscular placement for a more natural look and feel.
Dr. Lacey & Dr. MacArthur will create an inconspicuously placed, albeit larger, incision, and then place the implants in the breasts, ensuring that they are properly positioned to look natural. After the implants are placed, the doctor will suture your incisions.
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There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of implant. Dr. Lacey & Dr. MacArthur will help you determine which option will provide you with the greatest benefits and best achieve your desired aesthetic outcome as well as outline your expected recovery timeline.
Contact our office today to schedule your consultation. When working with an expert cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Lacey & Dr. MacArthur, you can expect stunning results.