Breast Augmentation surgery, also known as augmentation mammaplasty, uses prosthesis made up of silicone shell to enhance the size and shape of female breasts or to add fullness or firmness to the breasts that have lost volume due to pregnancy, breast feeding or weight loss. Two types of breast implants are used in breast enhancement surgeries namely Silicone gel implants and Saline implants.
While the purpose of both types of implants is same, to add volume and fullness to the breasts, they differ in their composition, consistency and firmness. Saline implants are composed of silicone shell filled with a saline solution (mixture of salt and water), where as silicone implants are filled with FDA approved highly cohesive silicone gel. Furthermore, saline implants feel a little firmer as compared to the silicone implants.
Most women who are ready to undergo breast augmentation surgery often wonder how to choose between silicone-gel filled implants and saline implants. If you are also indecisive about the type of breast implants you should go for, here is a help evaluating the options.
Composition of Saline and Silicone Implants:
Saline implants comprise of an outer silicone shell filled with sterile salt water and are inserted empty into the breasts. After insertion the shell is filled with saltwater solution and closed inside the breasts.
Silicone implants, on the other hand, are pre-filled with a thick sticky fluid called silicone gel. An incision is made under the breasts or in the armpits to insert silicone implants and it is then stitched together.
Age for both implants is different:
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), minimum age required for saline implants is 18 years, whereas to get silicone gel implant surgery a women must be at least 22 years old.
How do these two implants look and feel?
Most women feel that silicone gel implants look and feel more natural as compared to saline implants, which feel a little firm and hard to touch.
Risks associated with breast implants:
Both saline and silicone gel implants can lead to similar sort of complications. These include:
- Breast pain
- Capsular contracture (hardening of tissues around breast implants)
- Permanent scarring
- Changes in nipple and breast sensation, which are mostly temporary
- Implant leakage or rupture
Dubai Cosmetic Surgery offers both types of breast implants. We also offer free online consultations. Fill the consultation form let one of our board certified plastic surgeons guide you more about breast implants.