In this article, let me address the question that is very often asked: What is the difference between Saline and Silicone implants? Which implant type is best for me? These two questions have become relevant even in the United States where saline implants are likely to approved shortly.
Many people know that for years, silicone was the substance of choice used for implants. However, silicone implants began getting a bad reputation when women began experiencing negative side effects and reactions to the silicone. These negative side effects and problems led to its removal from the American market in 1992. Until recently, most implants have been composed of saline, or salt water.
According to the Cosmetic Surgery Directory, the major benefit of silicone is that it feels and looks more natural than saline. The drawback to choosing silicone is that the chances of capsular contracture are greater than they are with saline implants. Capsular contracture is when the scar tissue surrounding the implant begins to squeeze around it, tightening and leading to hardening. The possibility also exists of having an allergic reaction to the silicone implant once it is placed inside the body. Under specific circumstances, a cosmetic surgeon may have a patient opt for silicone over saline.
The most popular choice today is the saline implant. There are fewer perceived risks when choosing saline implants. They are believed to be safer and offer fewer chances for side effects. There is also a smaller chance of capsular contracture occurring with saline. The one and only drawback to choosing saline is the feel but that is not always an issue. The best thing to do is to think yourself, talk to your partner if you are in a relationship, and finally listen to your cosmetic surgeon’s advice.