Silicone vs. Saline Implants Dallas
Women can choose from an extremely wide range of breast implants in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. An especially important choice is whether to go with silicone or saline, both of which have provided high levels of satisfaction for scores of women. Dr. Steve Byrd has the experience to help you navigate your options and select the right fit for your body.
Whether you feel unsatisfied with your breasts because of genetics, pregnancy, nursing, or weight loss, come in and meet with Dr. Byrd in our office on North Central Expressway near North Park Mall in Dallas to discuss your options for breast implants. Request $100 off your consultation, or give us a call at (214) 821-9662 to schedule an appointment.
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Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
The FDA has approved the use of silicone gel-filled implants for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. Recent studies have shown that no correlation exists between silicone implants and autoimmune disease or breast cancer.
The latest generation of silicone gel implants is more durable and produces better results than previous iterations. They consist of a thicker shell filled with a cross-linked, cohesive gel that remains soft yet does not leak if ruptured. The consistency is somewhere between Jell-O® and honey.
Saline-Filled Breast Implants
The long-standing alternative to silicone implants is saline implants. The implants are filled with the same fluid used in IVs, and the body absorbs the saline harmlessly if the implant ruptures. The rate of capsular contracture (hardened breast tissue) drops to 3% to 5% when saline implants are used.
Saline implants are usually better suited for placement beneath the pectoral muscle. This placement method increases recovery time, but it produces a more natural look and feel and eliminates rippling of the breast tissue.
Breast Implant Options
Manufacturers offer 2 basic size, shape, and shell options, but projection options vary based on manufacturer, both in name and measurement.
Comparing Silicone and Saline Implants
|Silicone-Filled Breast Implants||Saline-Filled Breast Implants|
|FDA-approved for breast augmentation for patients age 22 and older||FDA-approved for breast augmentation for patients age 18 and older|
|FDA-approved for reconstruction at any age||FDA-approved for reconstruction at any age|
|Silicone shell||Silicone shell|
|Silicone gel filler||Saline (sterile saltwater) filler|
|Do not leak||Saline is natural and easily absorbed by the body|
|Lighter weight||Same solution as that used in IVs by hospitals|
|Better results for smaller breasts||Can be filled before or after insertion in the breast|
|Look more natural||Smaller incisions|
|Feel more like natural breast tissue||More incision options|
|May last longer than saline implants||Lower cost|
|Less likely to ripple or wrinkle||Adjustable for more precise sizing and symmetry|
|Less capsular contracture with shaped implants||Lower incidence of capsular contracture|