Anne M Nickodem, MD PC.

Saline Implants

Pros and Cons of Saline Implants

The decision to get breast implants comes with many choices such as the size, shape and type. The two main types of implants are saline and silicone. If you choose saline, your implant shell will still be made of silicone; however, the contents of your implant will be a sterile saltwater solution.

Saline-filled implants are inserted into your chest cavity empty and then filled with the appropriate amount of volume to achieve the breast size you desire.

Benefits of Saline Implants

  • In the event of an implant rupture, the saline is absorbed back into the body without harmful effects
  • Implant ruptures are immediately apparent because the breasts will deflate
  • A smaller incision may accommodate the insertion of the empty silicone shell

Drawbacks of Saline Implants

  • Saline implants may not look and feel as natural as silicone
  • Implant rupture requires immediate revision surgery

Saline Breast Implant Risks

Besides implant rupture, there are other risks associated with breast implant surgery:  

  • Scar tissue forming around the implant (capsular contracture)
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Breast sensation changes
  • Rippling or indentations
  • Interference with mammogram readings/results
  • General dissatisfaction with the size or appearance of the breasts

Breast implants last, on average, 10 years. At some point you may need revision surgery to replace your breast implants. The risks associated with implants can be minimized by choosing an experienced and well-trained surgeon and having regular exams to monitor any changes in your breasts.

To learn more about saline implants in Annandale, VA, contact us to schedule a Cosmetic Consultation.

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