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During the many Breast Augmentation visits at Mouchantat Plastic Surgery, this question often comes up most with our patients: “What really is the difference between Silicone and Saline?” While sources go back and forth on which of these two implant options is superior, Dr. Mouchantat wants to help you make the right decision for your Breast Augmentation procedure. Your choice of implant will entirely depend on your own unique desired new look and feel.
Saline implants are made of an outer silicone shell that is inserted in place within the breast before filled. Once positioned, Dr. Mouchantat will fill these implants with sterile salt water (saline) until your breast implants have reached the ideal size. This allows for adjustments during the surgery to achieve optimal balance.
One of the major positives of using saline implants is they require smaller incisions during the surgery because the implants are deflated when inserted. This means that there are a variety of different incision locations to insert the implant through, which will give you the freedom to choose an incision location that will keep scars most hidden. Saline implants are safe to use for our Colorado clients over the age of 18 seeking Breast Augmentation.
Silicone implants differ from saline as they are already filled before insertion. Silicone implants contain—as you probably could guess—a cohesive silicone gel which is designed to feel like your own natural breast tissue. This cohesive gel also holds its shape quite well, making it extremely resistant to complications such as rupture or rippling. They even come in a variety of shapes (such as pear, or tear-drop shaped to mimic the natural look) and textures.
Silicone implants have a good reputation for feeling natural and like fatty tissue. There are many styles and sizes of silicone breast implants available to fit any body type and desired enhancement. This can especially be a good decision for women who have less soft tissue to ensure the breast looks and feels naturally beautiful. Silicone implants are available for women 22 years old and older.
At Mouchantat Plastic Surgery, the choice of implant material is entirely up to you and your needs. During your private consultation, Dr. Mouchantat will listen to your specific goals and analyze your breasts to help provide his own professional recommendation as to which implant will best help you achieve your goal outcome.
Our amazing plastic surgery team helps women weigh the pros and cons of the different implant options and also discuss the other options for Breast Augmentations, such as your implant size and incision site. Any treatment plan will be a collaborative effort between you and Dr. Mouchantat. If you are interested in pursuing Breast Augmentation surgery, schedule your initial consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mouchantat today for both our Parker and Wheat Ridge locations.