One of the biggest breast augmentation decisions you will make is the type of implants you want, and that usually starts by weighing the benefits of saline vs. silicone breast implants. Here’s a brief comparison:
The most popular breast implant option, silicone implants come in varying degrees of gel thicknesses, including highly cohesive implants that remain form stable even if there’s a tear in the outer implant shell. A disadvantage of silicone implants is that a rupture can go undetected, potentially thickening the tissue, causing pain, or changing the shape of your breast. Silicone implants are typically more expensive than saline implants.
A tried-and-true implant option, saline implants are a good choice if you’re concerned about an implant rupture. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, when a saline implant ruptures, it collapses, and the body harmlessly absorbs the saline. Saline implants are firmer than silicone and tend to ripple, so you may not get the same natural feel as you would with a silicone gel implant.
You can learn more about the differences between saline and silicone breast implants on our Breast Implant Options page and in the infographic below.
When choosing between saline and silicone implants, your plastic surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of both implants and advise you on the best option. You can see more of our patients’ results in our before-and-after gallery.