Saline vs Silicone Breast Implants – What’s the difference?

Published on August 9, 2013 by

What’s the difference between saline and silicone breast implants?

Once you decide that you want breast implants, you must choose whether you want your implants to be filled with saline or with silicone gel. There are several differences between the two and knowing what these differences are will make it easier for you to determine which kind of implant is best for you.

Both silicone implants and saline implants have a shell. This outer shell is made of silicone for both the silicone and saline breast implants. However, the consistency and material used inside each type of implant differs.

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About Silicone breast implants

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are made of silicone gel. The silicone is a thick fluid that easily mimics the feel of a natural breast. The majority of women believe that these implants look and feel more like their natural breasts than their saline counterparts do.

Any woman who is 22 or older can choose silicone breast implants to be used as the material in her breast augmentation. These types of implants are available to a woman of any age if she needs reconstruction surgery.


About Saline breast implants

Saline Breast Implants

Saline Breast Implants

Dr. Tal T. Roudner fills saline breast implants with sterile salt water once these are in place. If you are 18 or older, you can choose to have saline breast implants used for your breast augmentation.

Saline breast implants are also available to women of any age who need breast reconstruction surgery.



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Implant ruptures: Saline vs Silicone

Saline – If a saline implant ruptures, it will just deflate. Your body simply absorbs the saline solution. You will most likely need to have the silicone shell removed by Dr. Roudner. If you like, he can also insert your new saline implant at the same time.

Silicone – If a silicone implant ruptures, it may not be realized right away. This is because the free silicone usually remains trapped in the capsule (fibrous tissue) that forms around the silicone implant. This is referred to as a silent rupture.

There are no long-term or systemic health problems related to leaking silicone implants. Even so, a ruptured silicone implant may eventually cause changes to the shape or contour of the breast and breast pain. For this reason, surgical removal of the silicone implant is recommended. If you like, Dr. Roudner can insert your new silicone implant at the same time.


Which implant is right for me?

Miami Plastic Surgeon: Tal T Roudner, MD

Dr. Tal Roudner

Dr. Roudner may recommend one kind of implant material over another. He makes this decision based on your body type, breast anatomy and other factors. In the end, the choice is yours.

To speak with Dr. Tal Roudner, call 305-767-7719 or request a consultation at our Miami surgical center. Whether you decide to have saline or silicone breast implant material, Dr. Roudner is happy to help you achieve the look you have always wanted.