The Saline Vs. Silicone Question

Breast Augmentation As long as breast implants have had the option of saline or silicone, patients have pondered the question: “which type of breast implant is right for me?” The truth is that some people are better served by saline implant devices and, in other situations, silicone is best. Here, we discuss the pros and cons of each.

Saline Implants: What You Need to Know

Saline breast implants consist of a saline solution contained within a silicone shell. There are two common reasons patients lean toward this type of implant. One is that they cost less. The other is that they prefer to prevent the potential leakage of silicone gel into the body should a rupture occur.

Look and Feel

Most surgeons and patients agree that saline breast implants do not provide the same natural look and feel that are achieved with silicone implants. Once the silicone shell is filled with the saline solution, it can feel rather firm. Now, with newer breast implant models like the Ideal implant, the feel of a traditional saline breast augmentation may be more natural.


Saline and silicone implants are both very durable. However, some women prefer knowing that saline gets absorbed safely in the event of rupture. Also, due to the nature of saline implants, rupture tends to be noticed right away because the affected breast will look deflated.

Silicone Gel Implants

Silicone breast implants also have a silicone outer shell. However, these devices contain a dense or form-stable silicone gel inside. Numerous silicone implant devices exist today, spanning many levels of cohesiveness. This gives patients options for both aesthetics and safety.

Look and Feel

It is widely believed that silicone breast implants provide the most natural look and feel. Remember, too, that feel doesn’t mean only how breasts feel to the touch. It also involves how the breasts feel when a woman is lying down or performing tasks; how they feel in the body.


Recently, the safety of silicone breast implants has been brought into question. It is important to understand, however, that the recall that occurred in 2019 was limited to a certain type of textured silicone breast implant, not to all models currently approved by the FDA. Patients are encouraged to consult with a plastic surgeon or conduct thorough research to educate themselves about the particulars of silicone implants if they have concerns.

Breast augmentation is going to continue to be a common procedure to help women love their shape. To learn more about his procedure, call (775) 826-4477 to schedule a consultation in our Reno office.

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