Saline breast implants have been used for decades in the United States. This type of breast implant can be placed while it is empty and deflated, allowing for a smaller incision size and less scarring. Once placed, saline implants are filled with a salt water solution to match the precise breast size and volume you desire.
Because the saline solution will be harmlessly absorbed by your body in the event of a rupture, many people feel more comfortable using saline implants compared to silicone implants, which have the potential to cause more complications when they leak. Additionally, the risk of late capsular contracture is lower for saline breast implants.
However, as a drawback, saline breast implants are more susceptible to leaks and can sometimes show a “rippling” effect when placed in women with thin breast tissue, or when placed above the chest muscles (subglandular placement). Large saline breast implants are also heavier than silicone implants, leading to a higher overall rate of downward displacement.
Dr. Desai is experienced in placing saline breast implants to achieve the best possible aesthetic effect. If you have further questions about the pros and cons of saline breast implants, please contact us today to schedule a personal consultation. We serve patients in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida.