Breast Cancer & Cosmetic Surgery | D B Ghosh

What’s the Difference Between Saline, Silicone or Reconstructive Implants?

Navigating the path to breast surgery is a significant decision. But it can also be confusing. Should you book an enlargement or enhancement? Do you need a breast augmentation or a breast lift? And if you decide on implants, what implants should you choose? Let us tell you more. In this article, we focus on the different types of implants.

If you want to know more about the different types of implants, please call us and book a consultation with an expert surgeon who’ll be your trusted guide on your journey to achieving the beautiful results you desire.

Surgeons use implants for breast enlargements, enhancements and augmentation procedures. Depending on your goals and medical history, there are three different types to choose from.

What are saline implants?

Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution and are renowned for their safety. In the event of rupture, they visibly deflate, and the body safely absorbs the liquid. Minimal scarring is a notable advantage but knowing that they may ripple and feel less natural compared to silicone is essential.

What are silicone implants?

Emulating the look, feel, and movement of natural breasts, silicone implants offer a more authentic result. They maintain their shape in case of rupture, reducing the risk of silicone entering the bloodstream. While they are more expensive and require slightly larger incisions (and result in possibly more scarring), the payoff is a more natural appearance. If you choose a silicone implant, you’ll need regular monitoring through MRI (roughly once every three years).

What are reconstructive implants?

If you’ve had a mastectomy, reconstructive implants pave the way to restoring wholeness. Immediate reconstruction following the mastectomy simplifies treatment, while delayed reconstruction is performed later, often after chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Natural tissue implants may be chosen for a more personalised approach during delayed reconstruction.

Key considerations when deciding on implants:

  • Size: An expert breast surgeon will determine the safest implant size based on your body and skin elasticity.
  • Shape: Choose between round implants, providing fullness and stability, or teardrop-shaped implants for a natural look with potential rotation requiring corrective surgery.
  • Cost considerations: Implant costs vary based on type and patient needs. An initial consultation with a plastic surgeon will cover these details.

What’s right for you?

The ideal implant is a personal choice influenced by your preferences, body, and desired outcome. Specialist consultant breast surgeons will thoroughly discuss options with you, ensuring you make an informed decision tailored to your circumstances.