Saline vs. Silicone Gel
Bottom line: there is no perfect implant. If there were, we’d only be discussing one kind of implant type (rather than two).
So which one should you choose?
Silicone gel breast implants are probably better from a purely cosmetic standpoint: they feel very similar to breast tissue.
Saline breast implants are probably better from a purely safety standpoint: it’s hard to argue with the safety of a bag of saltwater.
In general, if you have a reasonable amount of breast tissue, subcutaneous fat, and breast tone, saline implants will be reasonably well-camouflaged and may be a good choice.
On the other hand, if your breasts are very small (A minus), you are extremely thin, and/or have poor breast tone (i.e. you don’t have much tissue to cover your implants), you may want to consider silicone gel.
Silicone gel: BEFORE
Silicone gel: AFTER
View our before and after breast augmentation photos and videos. To learn more about breast implants contact Plano plastic surgeon, Dr Ronald Friendman.
Ronald M. Friedman, M.D.
Director, West Plano Plastic Surgery Center
Former Chief of Plastic Surgery, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas