Types of Breast Implants

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Breast implants are available with either saline or silicone gel solutions, both of which have their own unique benefits.

Your aesthetic goals and personal preferences will play a significant role in your choice of breast implant type. During your breast augmentation consultation, South Carolina plastic surgeon Dr. Ted Vaughn will discuss with you in detail the differences between saline and silicone breast implants, and how each type will affect the results of your breast enhancement. Please call 864-223-0505 to learn more during a preliminary consultation.

Saline Breast Implants

Unlike silicone implants, which are prefilled, saline implants are filled with a sterile, saltwater solution once they have been placed within the breast. This allows the use of a smaller incision as well as greater flexibility in breast implant volume.

Saline breast implants may be prone to visible rippling around the edges of the implant, which can be more evident in women who have slender physiques. Likewise, saline breast implants tend to look less natural in women who have smaller breasts or minimal breast tissue.

Although breast implant ruptures are rare in both saline and silicone implants, saline breast implants pose less risk should rupture occur because the saline solution can be naturally reabsorbed by your body.

Silicone Breast Implants

Due to their cohesive gel filling, silicone breast implants provide a more natural look and feel than saline breast implants.

In addition to offering a subtle, more youthful appearance, silicone breast implants are less likely to experience rippling or wrinkling. Silicone breast implants are often the better choice for women with slender frames or smaller breasts who seek slightly fuller, naturally contoured breasts.

Both saline and silicone breast implants are available in a wide range of sizes, profiles and textures to ensure you receive the look you desire. Learn more about Breast Implant Placement Options and Insertion Options for Breast Augmentation.

If you would like to learn more about your breast augmentation options, please call Piedmont Plastic Surgery at 864-223-0505 or contact us online to schedule your confidential consultation with board-certified South Carolina plastic surgeon Dr. Ted Vaughn. We proudly serve patients in Greenwood, Greenville, Anderson, Columbia, and Laurens, SC, and Augusta, GA.