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Saline vs Silicone Implants in Macon, GA

Women who desire breast implants often want to understand the differences between saline and silicone implants. Here at the Georgia Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we provide both types of implants, allowing our patients as much flexibility as possible when it comes to breast enhancement. Our practice is led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joshua R. Groves, who has helped women in Macon, Warner Robins, Houston County, Bibb County and the surrounding area enhance their breasts through saline and silicone implants.

What are Saline vs. Silicone Implants?

Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water while silicone ones are filled with a silicone gel. Both types of implants have an outer silicone shell that is somewhat flexible and moves and feels much like a normal breast. A variety of sizes and shapes are available in both types of implants, making it possible to create the look and feel that is right for you.

Are Breast Implants Safe?

The FDA has approved saline implants for women over the age of 18 and silicone implants for women who are at least 21 years of age. Even so, there is some risk of breast implants rupturing or leaking. In the case of saline implants, the salt water solution will simply be absorbed by the body. Silicone implants, though, could cause health complications if they were to rupture, and should, therefore, be carefully monitored.

New developments in breast implant technology have made it less likely that a silicone implant will rupture. The latest generation of breast implants maintain their shape for longer and are also less likely to rotate. As such, the need for revision surgery to correct issues related to breast implants has decreased significantly over the past few years.

Benefits of Saline vs. Silicone Implants

Saline implants have some unique advantages, such as:

  • No risk of harmful side effects if the implant does burst
  • Filled after insertion, allowing for a more custom fit and uniform appearance
  • Cost less than silicone implants

Silicone implants have a few advantages of their own:

  • Less rippling
  • More natural feel and appearance
  • Decreased risk of deflation

Requirements for Saline vs. Silicone Implants

The type of implant that is right for you will depend on a number of factors. Silicone implants may be better if you are a very thin person with relatively small breasts. Saline implants tend to work better on patients with a larger physical structure and more breast mass.

Are Saline or Silicone Implants Right for Me?

Discuss your aesthetic goals with Dr. Groves to determine if breast implants are right for you. Ask to see several different models so you can “try them on” underneath a swimsuit to get an idea as to how they might alter your figure. You should also review the pros and cons of each type in order to make the right decision.

How Involved is a Saline or Silicone Implant Procedure?

Inserting either type of implant will require surgery using general or local anesthesia. Up to two hours could be needed for a procedure, which will include multiple incisions in the skin and breast tissue, along with sutures to close the wounds. Breast implant procedures are among the most involved surgeries that are performed at the Georgia Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, which is why we recommend having someone available to drive you home after your appointment.

How Long is the Recovery After Saline or Silicone Implants?

You will be tender and sore, and unable to lift anything heavy or raise your hands above your head for a few days. As your breasts begin to heal, you will find it more comfortable to resume normal activities and gradually increase your range of motion. Even so, you must avoid strenuous activities for up to six weeks following your surgery.

How Much Do Saline vs. Silicone Implants Cost?

The size and type of implant you choose will affect your cost. During your consultation, we will discuss the cost, and go over our payment options to find one that best suits your needs.

Some procedures may be covered by medical insurance. Our staff is experienced in matters pertaining to insurance, and will work with your carrier to get you maximum coverage. In the event a procedure is not covered, we offer financing through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™Credit. We will be happy to assist in filling out the necessary application, or you may apply on the CareCredit® website prior to your appointment. We work with SunTrust Bank to offer low, fixed interest rate loans to patients with good to excellent credit for all cosmetic procedures, and also accept cash, personal checks, MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express®, and Discover® Card.

If you live in Macon, Warner Robins, Houston County, Bibb County or surrounding communities and have more questions about saline and silicone breast implants, visit the Georgia Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery for answers. Contact Dr. Groves today for your breast implant consultation.