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Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants – Dr. Charles Perry

Sacramento breast augmentation patients can choose between two main types of breast implants: saline or silicone. They are both FDA approved for breast augmentation. Silicone breast implants are the more popular choice among women today. However, there are benefits and drawbacks to each type of breast implants, which plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Perry reviews in detail with patients during consultation. Here are some general guidelines regarding the differences between saline and silicone breast implants.

Saline Breast Implants

Although both types of breast implants have an outer shell that is made of silicone material, saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. A major advantage of saline breast implants is that the body can naturally absorb the saline solution in case the implants leak or rupture.

Another benefit of saline-filled implants is that Dr. Perry can insert them into the body prior to filling them with the sterile saltwater solution. This allows the surgeon to use smaller incisions with saline breast implants than he would with silicone implants.

On the other hand, one of the drawbacks of saline implants is that they tend to be more noticeable through the skin, especially in thin women who have less tissue in the breast area. Another drawback of saline breast implants is that they tend to fold or ripple more easily than their silicone counterparts. Finally, saline implants may not resemble natural breasts as closely as silicone breast implants do.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are comprised of a silicone gel material. The principal benefit of silicone implants is that they more closely resemble the look and feel of natural breast tissue than their saline counterparts. This is one of the main reasons that many women opt for silicone breast implants.

However, one of the chief disadvantages of silicone implants is that those who have them have an increased risk of "silent rupture." Silent rupture occurs when silicone breast implants leak (i.e., rupture), but the patient is not aware of it because the gel filling material stays together in the breast implant pocket. Furthermore, the body does naturally absorb the silicone gel material like it does with saline solution.

This is why Dr. Perry recommends that women with silicone breast implants undergo some type of breast imaging exam about every three years, beginning three years after their original breast enhancement surgery. By periodically undergoing a mammogram or MRI, breast augmentation patients can verify if their silicone breast implants have ruptured or not.

Another increased risk associated with silicone implants is a condition called capsular contracture. Capsular contracture occurs when fibrous scar tissue forms around breast implants, causing breasts to feel unnaturally hard. In severe cases, capsular contracture can cause breast implants to rupture. To lessen the risk of capsular contracture, Dr. Perry advises patients to massage the breast area regularly, and again, undergo periodic breast imaging tests to check breast health.

Although there are certain risks associated with silicone breast implants (and breast implants in general), many women overlook these drawbacks in return for breast implants that are more like natural breasts.

To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Perry to learn more about available breast implant options, please contact Chrysalis Cosmetics by calling (916) 273-7435 today.

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