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Breast Implants: Silicone Vs. Saline: What You Need to Know

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  • April 13, 2021

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, you will need to decide on the type of implant used for the procedure. The two common types of Implants you can choose from are saline and silicone. When making this decision, it should purely be based on physician recommendation and personal preference. Both implants are great options but for different reasons. In this article, we will look at the key factors such as the make, feel, and shape of each implant, and more. 

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Your Body, Your Choice

When deciding between silicone or saline implants keep in mind that there are many opinions on the topic. Each implant is widely used and preferred for different reasons. Make sure you have the necessary facts to make an educated decision that aligns with your preferences and your physician’s recommendations.

Silicone Vs. Saline: General Differences

Silicone and Saline implants are both effective options when it comes to breast augmentation surgery. To determine which implant you want, consider these general differences: 


While both implants begin as shells made from silicone and the difference lies within the filling of each shell. Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel to a specific size. Saline implants are filled with a saline solution that is made from sterile saltwater. Saline implants also may be filled during the manufacturing process or filled by your doctor during the surgery to a personalized size. 


Silicone implants tend to have more of a teardrop shape, making them look more like natural breasts. If you are wanting a rounder, more prominent shape, saline implants can provide you with that.


Silicone implants tend to feel more similar to the surrounding breast tissue compared to saline. In terms of how the implants feel on your body, silicone is said to be slightly lighter due to its filling. Silicone gel is lighter than the saline solution used in saline implants.

As saline implants have the option to be filled during surgery, your doctor is able to fill your implant to a customized size. In the future, if you want to increase or decrease your breast size, your doctor will also be able to remove or add saline solution when desired. Silicone implants; however, are premade to a specific size that cannot be altered.


Although the likelihood of an implant rupturing is rare, the way each implant will respond may influence your choice. If a silicone implant ruptures, you may not even notice. The silicone gel remains within the surrounding breast tissue and will not change the appearance significantly. If you experience any pain around your silicone implant, this may be a sign it has ruptured and you should consult your doctor immediately. If a saline implant ruptures, it will shrink within a matter of hours or days. This is because the saline solution is made from saltwater which your body is capable of absorbing.

Surgical Incision

Since silicone implants are premade to a specific size, the doctor will have to make a larger incision for the implant to fit through. If you choose saline implants and have them filled during your surgery, the incision will be significantly smaller since the implant will not be its intended size yet. This will result in a smaller scar compared to silicone implants.


If you are considering cost when choosing your implant, note that silicone implants can be priced slightly higher compared to saline implants. 


Both Breast Implant Options Are Viable 

Regardless of which implant you choose, working with a skilled cosmetic surgeon will ensure your augmentation results are best suited for your contour goals. There may be considerations to make regarding your body type. To determine this, it is best to consult an experienced plastic surgeon. To book a consultation contact us at 780-407-6691  or click here to complete the contact form.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price difference between silicone and saline implants?

The price difference between implants will vary depending on the client’s desired size and shape of the implant. A general range in price difference will be around $1,000.

What is the recovery time for breast augmentation?

Recovery time for breast augmentations generally takes 6-8 weeks. This time can vary depending on your overall health and if any complications arise during recovery.

How long will the surgery take?

The general duration for a breast augmentation surgery is 2-3 hours. To gain a clearer understanding on how long your surgery will take, consult your doctor.


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