Choosing Between Silicone and Saline Implants

Those considering breast implants must first confront the question of whether to choose silicone or saline breast implants. Las Colinas Centre for Plastic Surgery is dedicated to bringing excellent service to our patients. This includes helping them make this decision.

What Are Saline and Silicone Implants?

Saline implants are inserted into the body and filled after implantation with a sterile salt-water solution. Silicone implants, on the other hand, are inserted into the body pre-filled with silicone gel. Silicone is made from silicon – a naturally occurring substance found in sand, quartz, and rock – and it can be manufactured in a variety of forms. Silicone has been part of the implant marketplace and has been shown to be biocompatible, reliable, flexible, and easy to sterilize. All these factors make it an ideal choice for implantable and nonimplantable medical devices.

How Are They Different?

Silicone implants are thought by many to feel more like natural human breasts. For the majority of patients (72% in 2013), silicone implants are the desired choice over saline. Patients can expect to pay slightly more for a silicone breast augmentation due to the increased cost of the implant.

Dr. Whetstone feels it is important to leave the final decision to the patient so she is comfortable with her implant selection, and he spends the time to discuss the implants so the patient can make an educated decision.

There are also differences in the minimum age to receive each type of implant: 18 for saline and 22 for silicone.

Choose Las Colinas for Breast Augmentation and Restoration

Las Colinas Centre for Plastic Surgery is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our patients. We will guide you through the process of selecting your implants.