Breast Implants: Silicone vs Saline
Breast implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel. Both implant types are very safe, and each offers its own advantages. Dr. Rhee will help you decide which kind is right for you and will discuss this with you during your consultation.
Saline Breast Implants
An advantage of saline breast implants is that, if ruptured, the saline (salt solution) is dissolved by the body naturally. A disadvantage of saline implants is that they may appear less natural in small-breasted or reconstructive patients. This is especially important for very thin women who have little breast tissue to cover the implant, or for women who have a breast injury or need breast reconstruction.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone gel-filled implants are the most popular choice of most of Dr. Rhee’s patients. Compared to saline implants, silicone implants are much softer and feel more natural. After many years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved silicone breast implants for breast augmentation surgery.
Which Breast Implant Shape Is Right for You?
When choosing breast implants, the shape is an important consideration. The two basic breast implant shapes are round and teardrop. Breasts differ greatly from woman to woman, so the ideal breast implant shape for each patient must be determined with care.
Round Breast Implants
Of the two breast implant shapes, the round breast implant is the most common type used for breast augmentation. Many women choose round implants because they tend to provide the greatest amount of lift, fullness, and cleavage. Some women, however, feel that the results produced with round implants appear artificial, so they seek out more natural-looking alternatives.
A round breast implant can have a smooth or textured surface. Due to a round implant’s symmetrical shape, it does not pose the risk of implant rotation. Round implants come in three different variations of shape: low, medium, and high profile. A higher profile can enhance the forward projection of the breasts, which would otherwise require larger breast implants with wider bases.
Teardrop Breast Implants
As the name indicates, a teardrop breast implant, also known as a contoured breast implant, is shaped like a teardrop. Breasts attain a more gently sloping contour with teardrop breast implants. Although the upper portion of breasts that have teardrop implants are not as full as breasts that have round implants, teardrop-shaped implants often provide greater projection by volume. For women who want more naturally shaped teardrop breasts, these implants may be the ideal choice. A teardrop implant requires a textured surface to prevent rotation because breasts can become distorted if the implant rotates. This is not a concern with round breast implants.
Schedule A Complimentary Consultation
To learn more about breast implants, contact Charlotte Ann Rhee MD by calling (631) 424-6707 today! We offer free consultations at our office in Huntington, NY serving all of Long Island.