Saline Versus Silicone Breast Implants

Plastic Surgery in Weston, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Plantation and Davie, Florida


*Individual results may vary.

The demand in Ft. Lauderdale for breast augmentation is no different than in the rest of the country: at the top of the list. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ (ASPS) 2014 Plastic Surgery Report, breast augmentation was the leading cosmetic surgical procedure performed last year, with 286,000 cases nationally.

Those are 286,000 completely unique stories, bodies and considerations.

When deciding the best approach for breast augmentation, nothing is more critical than talking to a board-certified plastic surgeon. Be an educated voice in the initial consultation by doing your homework first and knowing what questions you want to ask.

One of the biggest decisions to make is what kind of implant you want. Two of the most common types of breast implants are saline and silicone.

Look and Feel

  • Saline implants tend to feel less natural and are more prone to wrinkling, but are available to anyone over the age of 18.
  • Silicone implants look and feel more natural, but aren’t available to people younger than 22 years old.

Incisions and Scarring

  • Saline implants can enter the body while empty, and be filled with a sterile saltwater solution when properly in place. This allows for more discreet incisions.
  • Silicone implants are pre-filled with a thick, natural-feeling gel and require larger incisions in more conspicuous locations.

Health and Safety

  • Saline implant ruptures are visually noticeable within a few hours, as the saltwater solution is absorbed naturally and safely into the body.
  • Silicone implants retain their shape when ruptured and often times ruptures can only be confirmed with the aid of an imaging test, such as an MRI scan.

If you live in Ft. Lauderdale and want to learn more about breast augmentation, please contact Dr. Jon Harrell at The Weston Center for Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery by completing the form on this page or by calling (954) 526-0066 . We serve Miami, Norfolk, and the surrounding communities.