In 2015, nearly 280,000 women opted for breast augmentation. Of these women, 80 percent chose silicone breast implants and 20 percent selected saline, according to data collected by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Silicone has long been a popular breast implant choice, but why?
The Deal with Silicone
Breast implants can be made with two different materials, silicone and saline. Silicone breast implants are filled with a thick, sticky gel that most closely mimics the look and feel of your natural breast tissue. It’s this natural look and feel that appeals to many women and their plastic surgeons.
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water that your body can easily absorb in the rare event of a rupture. Some women find that saline breast implants ripple or wrinkle and don’t look or feel as natural as they’d like. Very natural-looking results can be achieved with saline breast implants, though, when you pick a skilled plastic surgeon who has the expertise to select the best implant and placement.
Unlike saline implants, silicone breast implants are available in both round and teardrop shapes that can be utilized to attain your desired results.
What Matters More
Whether you opt for saline or silicone implants for your breast augmentation, the biggest factor that impacts your results is finding the right plastic surgeon. Someone who specializes in breast augmentation can walk you through how each type of breast implant may look after enhancement and help you decide which material may work best for you.