Saline Breast Implants
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Learn More about Saline Breast Implants
If you are preparing for breast augmentation, you need to decide whether saline or silicone implants are best for you. Since both options are safe and effective, the choice will largely depend on your personal preferences and goals for surgery. Saline breast implants, offered at Houston office, are often preferred for their affordability, safety, and ability to be placed using smaller incisions. At your consultation, Dr. Azita Madjidi can explain more about the benefits of saline implants and help you decide if they are right for you. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.
What Are Saline Breast Implants?
Saline implants have a silicone shell, and they are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. These implants come in a variety of sizes, and they can be custom-filled to meet your cosmetic goals. They are also available in two shapes (round and teardrop-shaped), and they can be smooth or textured.
Advantages of Saline Implants
Saline implants are a popular option for a number of reasons. Their benefits include:
- Smaller incision: Dr. Madjidi will fill your saline implants after placing them in your breast. Therefore, she can typically insert them through a smaller incision than she would need for silicone implants.
- No risk of silent rupture: Your body naturally absorbs saline. If your implant ruptures, the implant will instantly deflate, and the saltwater will pass through your body. In contrast, your body does not absorb silicone. If a silicone implant ruptures, you may not know about it until you receive an MRI.
- Reduced risk for capsular contracture<: Capsular contracture occurs when your body rejects the implant. It can cause breast distortion, asymmetry, and hardening of the breast tissue. Experts believe that patients with saline implants have a slightly reduced risk for this condition.
- Breast health: Saline implants do not obscure mammogram results.
- Affordability: Saline implants typically cost less than silicone.
Disadvantages of Saline Implants
Despite their many advantages, there are some drawbacks to saline implants. The primary disadvantage is cosmetic; many women believe that saline implants do not look or feel as natural as silicone. This is especially true for women with small frames. In addition, for women with naturally smaller breasts, rippling of the saline implants can be visible. Finally, saline implants are heavier than silicone, and they may start to shift over time, moving further down in the breast pocket.
Candidates for Saline Breast Implants
Both saline and silicone implants are excellent options. Saline implants may be the right choice for you if:
- You are over 18
- You have a medium-sized frame or naturally larger breasts
- Dr. Madjidi determines that your skin is thick enough for saline implants
- You do not want to receive routine MRIs
- You desire smaller breast augmentation scars
Learn More about Your Implant Options
Of course, the best way to choose your implants is to discuss your options with Dr. Madjidi. She will help you select the right choice, based on your body type and cosmetic goals. Contact our office today to set up your first appointment.