When choosing between a saline implant and a silicone implant for your breast augmentation procedure, it is vital to understand that there is not one right choice: different people have different needs and different health concerns. With that said, in this blog entry, we will focus on some of the general benefits of saline implants.

  • Saline implants leave a less visible scar. Because they are filled with solution after being implanted, saline implants only require a small incision on the breast. Silicone implants are pre-filled at the factory and require a larger incision to insert them as the gel cannot be removed.
  • Saline implants are generally less expensive. Silicone implants are more costly than saline – speak to your doctor about the expense of both implants. Saline implants cost $1150 while silicone implants cost $1800.
  • Saline implant ruptures are easier to detect. Because of the makeup and thickness of the salt solution (it’s liquid) as compared with the silicone gel, Saline implant ruptures are more obvious and silicone implant ruptures are often only detectable by MRI.
  • Saline implant leaks may have less serious complications. Saline is sterilized salt water and does not pose long-term health hazards to the body. The saline is absorbed and urinated away if they rupture. Some women have concerns about the affects of silicone implant leaks, though more research needs to be completed on the topic even though the implants are approved by the FDA.

Your doctor can help you make all of the decision regarding your breast augmentation – schedule an appointment with a Pennsylvania plastic surgeon today to get your questions answered. Call Dr. Edward S. Kole at 215-315-7655.