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Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

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Saline vs. Silicone Breast ImplantsIf you are considering breast augmentation, you may wonder which type of breast implant is best for you, saline breast implants or silicone breast implants. Both breast implant types are safe and can give you good results from your breast augmentation, but they are not identical.

Silicone breast implants

Silicone breast implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel. They have the advantage of being more similar in look and feel to natural breast tissue. This is especially important if you have little natural breast tissue and are considering having the implant placed over the pectoral muscle. Silicone breast implants also have a lower rupture rate, making them a better option for longer-lasting results. The silicone gel does not migrate through the breast implant shell, and even if the shell ruptures will remain in the implant.

Saline breast implants

Saline breast implants are filled with a salt water solution, the same kind used in surgical IVs. This allows them to be filled after they are inserted into the breast pocket, so a smaller incision can be used. This also makes them more flexible for insertion through the transaxillary incision and in some cases may make them better for correcting uneven breasts. Saline breast implants have the advantage of being less expensive than silicone gel breast implants.

The best way to make this complicated decision is to schedule a consultation with Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim, who can explain the differences in detail. He will make personalized recommendations based on your goals and anatomy.

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