What’s the difference between silicone and saline implants?


This is one of the most common questions that Dallas breast augmentation patients ask. The short answer: silicone implants are filled with a thick gel while saline implants are filled with salt water solution.

However, it’s important to understand the advantages that each offers. For example, silicone implants have a feel that is very similar to human breasts. They tend to feel softer than saline implants and look more like real breasts.

Saline breast implants provide different advantages to Dallas women. I explain to my patients that any implant will eventually leak. This process usually takes about 10 to 20 years, but it’s important to keep in mind before having surgery. If you have saline implants, you can easily recognize when this leaking occurs because the breast will lose volume as the saline is safely absorbed into the body.

Because of the nature of silicone implants, you may find it more difficult to tell when your implants are leaking. As a result, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends periodic MRI tests to check their condition.

As a patient, I’ll guide you through the decision process by reviewing these factors as well as discussing the goals that you are trying to achieve. Together, we’ll determine the best approach to get the results you want.

Learn more about saline and silicone breast implants by contacting Robert Schwartz Plastic Surgery.