Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. It’s no secret that many women are dissatisfied with the size and shape of their breasts, and implants are often a convenient and practical solution. But, when it comes to breast implants, there are two primary choices to make: saline or gel implants. In this article, we’ll cover the pros and cons of each to help you decide which one is right for you.

Saline Implants

Saline implants have been available for many years, and they are still a popular choice today. One of the benefits of saline implants is that they are filled with salt water, which means that they are completely safe if they leak or rupture. If a saline implant ruptures, the saline is absorbed by the body and excreted harmlessly. Saline implants are also less expensive than gel implants, which makes them an attractive option for many women. However, some women find that saline implants feel less natural than gel implants, and they may be more prone to rippling.

Gel Implants

Gel implants, also known as silicone implants, are filled with silicone gel that feels softer and more natural than saline implants. They also have a lower risk of rippling and may be less prone to leaking or rupturing. Gel implants are often preferred by women who want a more natural look and feel. However, if they leak or rupture, the gel can spread to other parts of the body and may require surgery to remove. Gel implants are also more expensive than saline implants.

How to Choose

When choosing between saline and gel implants, it’s important to consider your specific needs and preferences. Your board-certified plastic surgeon can provide detailed information about each type of implant and help you make an informed decision. Other factors to consider include your budget, lifestyle, and long-term goals. For example, if you’re an athlete or have an active lifestyle, saline implants may be a better option because they are less likely to cause complications during physical activity.

Implants Aren’t a Permanent Solution

One important thing to keep in mind is that breast implants are not a lifetime solution. They will need to be replaced eventually, typically after 10 to 15 years. Both saline and gel implants have their unique benefits and risks, and it’s worth taking the time to thoroughly research your options. Your plastic surgeon can provide expert guidance and help you select the type of implant that best meets your individual needs.

To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Marc Wetherington at Horizons Plastic Surgery. As a board-certified plastic surgeon who has helped hundreds of women navigate the path of breast augmentation, he will be able to provide personalized advice based on your individual needs and goals.