Are Saline Breast Implants Outdated?

Contrary to what seems to be a popular belief, saline breast implants are definitely not outdated. In fact, we get questions about breast implant options all the time, and for many women, saline presents some advantages over silicone gel. Here’s a closer look at a few of the benefits that saline implants have working in their favor.

Smaller Scars

Saline breast implants require smaller incisions because they are inserted empty and then filled once the surgeon has placed them. Silicone implants must be placed fully filled, which requires a longer incision. If you’re concerned about scarring following your breast augmentation, saline implants may be a better choice.

Saline is Harmless to the Body

In the unlikely event of an implant rupture, the saline solution that fills your implants is harmless to your body. And, since the mild salt water solution is so easily absorbed by the surrounding tissues, any deflation is quickly detectable and corrective surgery can fix the problem as soon as possible.

A More Economical Solution

Finally, saline implants are less expensive than their silicone counterparts, which makes them a more accessible choice for a larger number of patients. Additionally, saline implants do not require MRIs every three years; this savings on additional medical expenses can be a long-term advantage over silicone implants.

These are just some of the reasons why many women still prefer saline implants rather than silicone gel. In the end, though, he choice of what type of implants will best suit your needs is a very personal one and should be made in consultation with your board certified plastic surgeon.


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