Our Nashville breast implants patients often wonder whether silicone gel implants or saline breast implants are a better choice for their breast augmentation surgery.
As Nashville plastic surgeon Dr. Ortega explains, each type of breast implant has its advantages and disadvantages, which are explained in this video.
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Nashville TN Breast Implants: Silicone gel or saline for breast augmentation?
So one of the questions that people ask me sometimes is, “Should I choose silicone implants or should I choose saline implants? What’s the difference between the two? Is one better than the other?” or “Which one would be better for me?”
And so here we have a saline implant and a silicone gel implant.
Now, the saline implants come empty and the silicone gel implants come pre-filled. This is an empty saline implant. What we do is, in surgery we actually insert this empty implant and then we fill it with saline IV fluid. That’s the same type of fluid you would get if you had an IV at the hospital.
So this is a saline implant with some fluid in it and we’ve also got some air in it so we can show you its shape. And this is a silicone gel implant which comes pre-filled with tightly cross-linked silicone gel. This is not the same implant that your grandma or your Mom may have gotten back in the day. There were some concerns back in the day because the fluid inside the gel was more of a liquid substance.
Silicone implants of today: No more liquid silicone gel – Nashville TN
This is not so much of a liquid substance in the gel implants anymore. The gel implants of today have a substance inside that is much more tightly cross-linked and more of a semi-solid all the way through. I could actually cut this implant in half and the two halves would sit there just like Jello gelatin. Interestingly, the substance on the inside does not run out and just go everywhere like the old-fashioned implants used to. That’s a real advantage for the gel implants of today.
Because, even if there were some sort of flaw or problem with this implant shell, the gel would actually maintain its form. Which is a real advantage, because if this saline implant were to rupture or leak it would actually immediately go flat within a few hours.
Saline implants can go flat within hours
And so if you had saline implants, and one of them went flat within a few hours, there’s really no good time in your life to go from this to this. And then all of a sudden have the dilemma of “what do I do with one breast being full on one side and flat on the other side?”
So that’s a real advantage to silicone gel implants is that if there is a flaw in the shell, it won’t simply go flat. It will actually maintain its shape.