Silicone vs Saline Implants
All Breast Implants consist of an outer casing (called the ‘shell’ or ‘wall’) plus an inner filler material which is either saline or silicone.
Silicone and saline implants have different characteristics as set out in the following table:
|Saline Implants||Silicone Implants|
|Filler Material||Saline (Salt Water)||Cohesive Silicone Gel|
|‘Feel’ of the Implants to Touch||Less natural
(more of a ‘waterbed’ feel)
|More natural because they feel more like breast tissue|
|Consequences of Wall Rupture||Saline Implants simply deflate and breast volume is lost. The saline is absorbed by the body without any harmful effects||Cohesive Gel has a shape-retaining memory, so breast volume is not lost. The leaked Silicone could migrate to regional lymph glands but as silicone is an inert material this is not considered a risk to health.|
|Chances of Spontaneous Deflation||Possible||None|
|Silicone Gel “Bleed” through the Shell & Risk of Silicone Granuloma||None||Possible|
|Chances of Surface Wrinkling/Rippling||Greater||Less|
|Approximate Chances of Capsular Contracture||3%||Higher than Saline. Smooth & Textured Implants have reported incidences from 5% to 19.1%*
Note: Polyurethane Foam-Covered Silicone Implants have a dramatically lower risk of around 1%
|*Source: Allergan Core Study, 2010|
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.