Saline breast implants are composed of a silicone rubber implant shell, or sac that is surgically implanted behind your chest tissues and/or muscle, then filled with saline (a saltwater solution) through a valve.
There are many shapes and sizes of saline breast implants and the shells vary in surface finish. There are smooth or textured implants, small to large sizes, and the profile and shape also vary. There are even expandable implants.
There are disadvantages and advantages of saline implants when compared to silicone implants.
Are more likely than silicone to cause visible rippling
- Are generally firmer to the touch and less natural in appearance than silicone gel breast implants.
- Saline implants are filled during surgery and allow the surgeon to make adjustments in the fill during surgery.
- In the event of a rupture of a saline breast implant, saline is released and the empty implant can be removed and/or replaced.
Dr. Quardt has a book of photographs that show the differences between each kind of implant to help you choose the look that you desire.
Dr. Quardt cares deeply about her patients and will be happy to consult with you personally to answer your questions about saline breast implants.