• Keeping it Classic: Saline Implants

    by Dr. Semone Rochlin
    on Mar 23rd, 2017

Saline implants have been around almost as long as silicone implants, providing a new option for women looking for a boost to their confidence and self-esteem by taking their appearance into their own hands (or at least, to their surgeon).

While silicone implants have maintained their popularity in the half century since they were developed, the saline option has never been far behind, and for good reason. In fact, the choice between saline and silicone is one of the most important decisions you and your surgeon will make for your breast augmentation. Scottsdale-area surgeon Semone Rochlin believes that that choice ultimately comes down to you, and we want to tell you saline’s side of the story.

More Cost-Effective Option

The first and foremost advantage of saline implants, as you will see repeated over and over online, is the price. Saline implants are less expensive than silicone gel implants, presumably because they are filled with sterile saltwater, which is much less difficult and costly to manufacture than silicone gel. MENTOR ®, Dr. Rochlin’s sole supplier, produces several saline options in addition to their proprietary MemoryGel ® silicone implants. If you are looking to have a breast augmentation to boost your confidence (and amplify your silhouette), but you are on a budget, saline implants might be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

The Upsides of Saline over Silicone

One of the most important advantages of saline implants is the size of the incision made to insert the implant. Saline implants are inserted empty, which means they require a much, much smaller incision to place than silicone implants, even with the revolutionary Keller funnel. The implants are filled after they are inserted, meaning their size can be adjusted during surgery, based on your surgeons discretion and what you want the end result to be. Beyond that, MENTOR ® makes a post-operative adjustable saline implant, so you can have them adjusted in-office after surgery if need be.

While saline implants may be more prone to complications and ruptures (which might have more to do with manufacturers and shell textures than the filling), they are filled with saltwater, which is much safer for the human body to absorb because it’s what the human body is mostly comprised of. There is also no risk of a “silent” rupture with a saline implant. If it breaks, you’ll know.

The Takeaway

The saline implant doesn’t get as much love as it deserves because it’s easier to “tell” someone has saline implants than silicone ones, based on movement and touch. But they still provide the same silhouette boost as their silicone sisters, and even come in a shaped option for a more natural appearance. They are a great option for women looking to save money on their breast augmentation or who worry about the risk of silent rupture or silicone absorption, and they’re definitely worth discussing with Dr. Rochlin.

Ultimately, it’s your choice, but sometimes you just want to bet on the underdog.

Author Dr. Semone Rochlin Dr. Semone B. Rochlin is a Board Certified General Surgeon specializing in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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