Saline vs. Silicone: How to Choose the Best Implant

saline or silicone breast implants picture - locateadocWhen you are considering the option of getting breast implants, it can be a lonely road. Beyond your doctor, there really aren’t that many people out there who are talking about their breast implants if they have them.

You are not alone in wanting to get this procedure. Four percent of women in the United States alone already have breast implants. All patients have different reasoning for getting these procedures. Here is what a professional said about patients’ motivation for investing in breast implants:

Steven A. Goldman, MD“Many desire a fuller, 'perkier' appearance, while others are more interested in size and shape," said Beachwood, OH Plastic Surgeon Dr. Steven Goldman, who offers silicone and saline implant options to help the patient achieve her desired look and feel. "Silicone and saline implants provide a nice cosmetic lift and plumping of the breasts; however, both achieve different results in term of size, appearance, and texture. One of the common questions patients ask is 'Which is better?'”

Not knowing people’s opinions about breast implant makes it hard to discuss the specifics of things like saline vs. silicone. We talked with the experts to try to find out some of the benefits of each type of implant, so you can begin to evaluate which implant is the best option for you. Here are some of the benefits of each, so that you can choose the material best suited for you.

Saline vs. Silicone Implants

Silicone Implants

If you want breast implants that look true-to-life, then silicone implants are your match. The touch and feel of implants is important to many patients because they do not want to the breast to feel fake. When it comes to the most real-feeling implant, the silicone implants win hands down. They also tend to look a lot more realistic when compared to saline. For patient with thinner frames they tend to provide the best aesthetic and fit.

Saline Implants

If you want a higher and rounder appearance to your breast implants, saline implants are the way to go. These are perkier and youthful in appearance, and this is appealing to many of those who want to rejuvenate their appearance. Although saline does look fake on some patients, for those with thicker or denser breast tissue the implants look completely natural.

Get What Works for

You Ultimately, selecting an implant is a decision best discussed between you and your doctor. The safest option for your frame and medical history is what you’re going to want to go with. Neither implant is better than other necessarily; it is all about choosing a good fit for the patient.

To find a qualified board certified plastic surgeon, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more about choosing between saline and silicone breast implants, or ask a doctor more questions about what is best for you.

Also, check out our Infographic: Got Boobs? The Growth of the American Breast.


Infographic: Got Boobs? The Growth of the American Breast

Photo by Sascha Kohlmann

Further Reading

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • We’ve all heard about celebrities going under the knife to improve their looks and enhance their appearance, and while some do manage to enhance their looks with a nip and tuck, others fall victim to a plastic surgery disaster. Celebrities including Tara Reid and Amanda Lepore have been criticized and publicly humiliated after repeat plastic surgery procedures that have led to disaster. Fortunately for stars like Tara Reid, revision surgery has helped to correct the deformities and irregularities caused by the botched procedure. Still, many celebrities aren’t so lucky and have to find ways to mask their anti-aging disaster.

  • A new TV show in Australia called The Shire recently spotlighted plastic surgery and featured the stars of the show having now qualms about treatments. The show’s stars Sophie and Vernesa aren’t afraid to show off their fake breasts in revealing tops and dresses, and are both sporting the infamous lip-enhanced pouts. Vernesa admits that she’s been told not to have any more filler treatments in her lips to prevent her lips from touching her nose. She undergoes Botox for the first time on camera.