Are saline implants safe?

Saline implants are generally considered the safest implant currently available. This is because of two reasons: they use a saltwater solution as their filler and it is easy to detect when they rupture or leak.


The saltwater solution is harmless to the human body, which is one of the reasons why they were first developed, to make a safer implant than silicone gel implants.


If a silicone gel implant were to rupture, it is very difficult to detect, even for your surgeon. When a saline implant ruptures, the saline implant will deflate quite rapidly, allowing for almost immediate detection.


Are there long term risks involved with saline implants?

Rippling: It is believed that saline implants are more prone to rippling than silicone gel implants. Rippling is an unsightly affect that occurs on the surface of the skin - there will be visible ripples on the skin, much like ripples on the surface of water if you were to drop a pebble into it. Rippling is very uncommon, but does occurs. Overfilled saline implants are far less likely to experience rippling.


Rupture: On a long enough time line, every implant will rupture. This applies to saline implants as well. However, the saline solution found within a saline breast implant poses very little threat to the human body.


Why should I choose saline implants?

Safety: saline implants are considered the safest implant currently available. For this reason alone, many women choose saline implants over silicone gel implants.


Scarring: because saline implants are filled with their saline solution after they are positioned in the body, they require smaller incisions than silicone gel implants. The potential for scarring is much less likely than the potential for scarring when choosing silicone gel implants.


Are saline implants less expensive than silicone gel implants?

Yes, they are usually 20% to 30% less expensive than silicone gel implants.


How can I learn more about saline breast implants?

There is a lot of free information available on the internet. You should beging your research there, and then eventually schedule an initial consultation with a licensed, practicing breast augmentation surgeon. While it is nice to learn about the procedure and implants from the comfort of your own home, you will gather much more pertinent, up-to-date information if you were to speak directly with a plastic surgeon.