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Breast augmentation refers to the process of installing a breast implant behind the breast and/or the chest muscle. If the breast implant is placed behind the breast, this is referred to as subglandular placement. On the other hand, if the breast implant is placed behind the chest muscle, this is known as subpectoral or submuscular placement. Breast augmentation is able to boost the volume of the breast in women with naturally small breasts. This procedure is also able to replace volume lost after major weight loss or breastfeeding. Other advantages of breast augmentation are that it can change the breast shape and make the breasts more symmetrical in terms of shape and size.

Saline vs Silicone Breast Implants

All breast implants feature a shell made from silicone, which is an inert polymer. The shell surface of an implant can be textured or smooth. Implants with a smooth shell surface roll subtly in the breast pocket. The main advantage of such implants is that they mimic the natural breast’s movement. On the other hand, implants with a textured shell surface encourage the ingrowth of small tissue into the surface interstices. Therefore, the textured surface helps keep the implant in place.

Breast implants have a number of fill volumes, base widths, and projection amounts. When it comes to breast augmentation, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. Your surgeon will select the best implant for each of your breasts to achieve your goals.

There are a number of differences between silicone and saline implants. Here is some information about these differences that will help you make the proper decision.

Silicone Gel

Silicone gel refers to an inert polymer with no human reactions, sensitivities, or allergies that are known. In terms of texture, silicone gel implants are similar to that of a gummy bear candy. Silicone is generally more viscous in comparison to saline. Silicone flows differently in the shell than saline. Silicone is generally the best option if you want your breast to feel and look more like natural breast tissue. To receive silicone gel implants, a woman needs to be 22 years of age or older, according to the FDA.

Saline

Saline-filled implants are available to all women over the age of 18 for breast augmentation. A saline implant refers to a silicone shell, which is inserted to the body, and then filled with saline fluid by a plastic surgeon. The consistency of saline is like liquid because it refers to salt water. The consistency of saline is like liquid because it refers to salt water.