Saline vs. Silicone

A saline breast implant is made out of a silicone shell filled with a salt-water solution known as saline. As this solution is very similar to the natural fluids in your body it can be safely absorbed if the implant ever leaks. The implant is placed in the patient as an empty shell and is then filled with the sterile saline solution through a self-sealing valve. Saline implants are available in various different sizes and textures. Saline implants produce a firmer feeling breast, and implant rippling may be an issue in thin women due to the increased chances of implant rippling.

A silicone implant on the other hand is made out of a silicone shell that is filled with a cohesive gel that provides more of a gummy bear feel. The cohesive gel is of a thicker consistency compared to previous silicone gels. If the implant were to be cut, the gel would keep its shape. As cohesive gel implants maintain their shape there is less chance of implant rippling in comparison to saline implants. Whereas saline implants offer a firmer feeling breast, cohesive gel implants provide a more natural result. There are a variety of different cohesive gel implant shapes and sizes available and Dr. Peterson will help you choose the right one for you.

At the time of your consultation at Dr. Peterson’s office in Kelowna, he will explain to you all the differences between the different types and styles of implants and he will also give you all the information you need to make an informed decision about what size, volume and shape is right for you.


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