If you’re a Redondo Beach woman who has decided to get a breast augmentation, you may be trying to choose between saline and silicone breast implants. And you’re probably wondering, “What’s the difference between saline and silicone implants? Is one type of implant better than another?” Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Granzow of Manhattan Beach Plastic Surgery has performed hundreds of breast augmentations for Redondo Beach women in his more than 10 years in the South Bay, and he’s here to answer all your questions about saline and silicone breast implants.
What Are Saline Implants?
Saline implants have the same outer silicone shell as silicone filled implant. They are inserted either behind the breast tissue or breast muscle deflated, and then filled with sterile salt water. Saline implants feel less natural, and many women who have had a breast augmentation with saline implants say that they have a water balloon type of feel.
Advantages to getting a breast augmentation with saline implants include:
- Saline implants are an option and available for women as young as 18 years old, whereas silicone implants are strictly only available to women 22 years or older;
- A breast augmentation with a saline implant typically appears more round, which may be a pleasing appearance for many Redondo Beach breast augmentation patients;
- Saline implants typically require a smaller incision;
- Since saline implants are filled during the breast augmentation surgery, they provide Dr. Granzow with more discretion for creating symmetrical results;
- If saline implants rupture (which is safe), it is typically immediately noticeable, whereas you may never know if silicone implants rupture, and;
- Saline implants cost less than silicone implants.
What Are Silicone Implants?
Silicone breast implants are pre-filled implants that have a gummy-like feeling, often best replicating the feel of natural breasts.
Advantages to getting breast augmentation with silicone implants include:
- Silicone implants give a more realistic feel and look more like natural breasts;
- Silicone implants are lighter in weight than saline implants so they may be more comfortable for a woman, especially on her back;
- Silicone implants may have less of a chance of downward displacement;
- A breast augmentation with silicone implants are less likely to look rippled, and;
- Silicone implants typically look great on thinner women with less breast tissue.
How Do I Know Which Breast Implant Type is Right for My Breast Augmentation?
You can do all the online research possible, but nothing beats having a face to face conversation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Granzow, who has over a decade’s worth of experience performing breast augmentations with both saline and silicone implants. If you’re a Redondo Beach woman who is ready to get a breast augmentation, the best thing you can do to decide whether or not you want saline or silicone implants is to talk to Dr. Granzow directly. Through consultation with him, he will be able to understand the type of results you are looking for and give you his expert advice on which breast implant type will give you the breast augmentation results you desire.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Granzow at Manhattan Beach Plastic Surgery, call (310) 737-8918.