Should You Swap Your Saline Implants for Silicone?

146775426While some women who get breast implant revision surgery may be concerned with malposition or another implant issue, many others simply wish to swap out their implants for a different type. There are a few considerations to keep in mind if you’re thinking of trading out your saline implants for silicone.

Texture

While either saline or silicone breast implants can create beautiful results in the right candidate, many women feel that silicone implants have a more natural texture than their saline counterparts. This can be especially important for women with very little natural breast tissue to cover the implant, as well as women who have opted for implant placement over the pectoral muscle.

Shape

Classic round implants come in both saline and silicone, but form-stable implants are fairly new in the breast implant market and are only available in silicone. Often referred to as gummy bear implants because of their highly cohesive gel filling, these implants are designed in a teardrop shape that mimics the natural breast. Women interested in the most natural looking breast augmentation results may wish to change their round implants for a form stable option.

Incision

As with any surgery, breast implant revision requires incisions. If your original breast augmentation was performed using inframammary incisions (placed in the natural breast crease), your surgeon can probably use the same incision to swap out your implants to avoid creating additional scars.

However, if your augmentation used a different incision placement, your revision surgeon may need to create a new incision to change your implants. If you’re concerned about scarring, you may wish to think twice before scheduling revision surgery to change your implant type.