Breast Augmentation: Saline vs Silicone

Women can get breast implants to make their breasts bigger and fuller. This procedure is called breast augmentation. Implants may be used for reconstructive purposes, such as after mastectomy for breast cancer, or for cosmetic reasons, such as the simple desire for larger breasts.

Breasts continue to develop until a woman reaches her late teens or early 20s. As such, the FDA requires that women  who get saline-filled breast augmentation be at least 18 years old and at least 22 years old for silicone implants.

There are two kinds of breast implants: saline and silicone. Saline-filled implants are filled with sterile salt water (saline) encased in silicone shells. Silicone-filled implants are filled with a plastic gel (silicone) encased in silicone shells.  Women who choose saline over silicone are usually afraid of rupture, leakage and/or the silicone entering their bloodstream. The fact is, after your body heals from a breast augmentation surgery, it will form a wall around the implant. This walled off area encases the implant and if the implant were ever to rupture, the silicone gel will just stay in this walled off area until the ruptured implant is removed. The silicone will not enter your bloodstream. If a saline implant ruptures, your body will just absorb all the saline in the implant and you will be left with a deflated breast until you return to your surgeon to get a replacement.

The FDA have approved three companies to manufacture and sell breast implants in America. The only approved implants in this country are made by Allergan, Sientra and Mentor. Sientra implants are the newest to the market, receiving approval in 2012 for their “gummy bear” implants that retain their shape due to a special chemical make-up of their silicone gel. Sientra’s new  “gummy bear” implant that will ease your worries of rupturing further. Even when cut in half, the silicone gel of a Sientra implant will not leak out. It just retains its size and shape, making silicone gel implants exceedingly safe and the more natural-looking choice.

For more information about breast augmentation, visit The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Please call our office at (212)472-8700 to schedule a breast augmentation consultation today!

Dr. Monasebian and Park Avenue Plastic Surgery are committed to performing the highest quality care, which is why our office based surgical office is accredited by the Joint Commission. We also provide all aesthetic and reconstructive surgical procedures of the face, breast and body including: Facelift, Forehead Lift and Browlift, Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift), Rhinoplasty (Surgery of the Nose), Genioplasty (Surgery of the Chin), Lip Enhancement and Jaw Implants, Cheek Dimples and Chin Clefts, Neck and Facial Liposuction, Removal of Skin Cancer and Skin Lesions, Treatment of Facial Lacerations and Facial Fractures, Scar Revision, Cosmetic Revision of Previous Facial Surgery, Corrective Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery, Facial Neurosurgery, Facial Reconstruction, Burns and Burn Reconstruction, Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate, Silicone and Saline Breast Implant Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction, Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia), Breast Reconstruction, Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Liposuction and Liposculpture, Brachioplasty (Arm Lift), Buttock and Thigh Lift, Vaginal Rejuvenation and Labiaplasty, Body Lifting and Contouring after weight loss and gastric bypass surgery, and Tattoo Removal.  Non-surgical skin and laser procedures provided at Park Avenue Plastic Surgery include: BOTOX® and Juvéderm® Injections, Chemical Peeling and Dermabrasion, Dermasweep Microdermabrasion, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Skin Care and Mole Removal, Skin Resurfacing and Skin Retoning, Face and Body Spider Vein Removal, Surgical Hair Restoration, and the Exclusive Vivité® Skin Care Line.

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