Seattle Plastic Surgery Center

Saline or Silicone: Which Implant is Better for You?

The great debate, which implant is better: saline or silicone? Both have their place it is important to realize that one implant is not better than the other. The implant you ultimately decide to use for your breast augmentation is dependent on your body and what you are looking for. That said, there are differences between the two. At Seattle Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Grenley is committed to educating and creating an augmentation to meet and exceed your specific to your needs. The pioneer when it comes to breast augmentation, saline implants have been on the market since 1976. Thirty years later, in 2006, Silicone implants were approved after a series of FDA and regulatory scrutiny. Dr. Grenley reminds his patients that the FDA studied the silicone gel implants for 15 years before concluding that they were safe and allowing them to return to the market. He continues, the horror stories you are reading are like most horror stories, that is, untrue.


Both saline and silicone can be inserted:
  • In the Crease Below the Breast
  • Around the Areola
  • Near the Armpit
Note: one thing to keep in mind, as they are filled post insertion, saline implants allow for a smaller incision.

Look & Feel

Silicone implants boast a more natural feel as they closely mimic the feel of breast tissue. Silicone implants are also lighter and softer than a saline implant. Many women feel that silicone implants look slightly less obvious than saline implants. Another benefit, whereas saline implants tend to ripple, silicone implants rarely do.
Keep in mind that excellent results can be obtained with saline implants, and both saline and silicone gel implants have both advantages and disadvantages that a plastic surgeon can discuss with you. Dr. Grenley
Saline implants can look more round, especially visible in the upper portion of the breast. Dr. Grenley says, saline implants do not generally look as natural as silicone gel implants and they are usually more projecting. As silicone is pliable, the implants tend to have a more natural looking slope and contour.

In Case of a Rupture

No health risks have been associated with a rupture in either saline or silicone implants. With saline, a rupture will cause the implant to deflate; consequently, the breast will change in size and shape. With silicone implants, a rupture is not always as obvious as the silicone can remain trapped in the fibrous tissue that forms around the implant. Over time, the implant may change in shape. In both cases, it is advised to have the implant removed.

Augmentation at Seattle Plastic Surgery Center

As with any cosmetic surgery, each patient is different. It is important to consider each option. Highly trained, Dr. Grenley promises to work closely with you to decide which is the better choice for you and your body. To learn more about breast augmentation and the differences between saline and silicone implants, schedule a consultation at Seattle Plastic Surgery Center.