There are two main choices available for breast implants: silicone and saline, each made of different materials.
Saline implants use a silicone shell which is inserted into your breasts and then filled with a sterile salt water solution. Saline doesn’t harm your health when introduced into your body. In the rare instance that a saline implant is ruptured, your body easily absorbs the salt water, but if this were to occur you would need to undergo another surgery to remove the implant and possibly insert another one.
Silicone is a dense, sticky substance which mirrors the consistency and feel of human fat. Unlike saline implants, silicone implants are filled with this thick gel prior to surgery and then placed in your breasts. These implants may appear more natural and feel like normal breast tissue compared to saline implants. You may not notice if a silicone implant ruptures because it stays in the tissue around the implant. Studies have not found that silicone gel released in your body causes long-term health issues, but it can lead to breast pain and breast shape or size changes. If your silicone implant ruptures, it should be removed as soon as possible.
Both saline and silicone implants are considered safe and can effectively increase the size of your breasts. Each can give you great results, but the best way to decide which will work best for you is by scheduling a consultation in Annandale with cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Nickodem who will help you choose the best implant for you based on your body type and the breast size, shape and feel you’re looking for. If you are interested in breast augmentation, contact Anne Nickodem, M.D., at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nickodem.