Sometimes a breast augmentation doesn’t go as planned, so patients will consider a revision procedure. However, it can be difficult to choose between saline and silicone implants to achieve your desired outcome. Whether you want a change for whatever reason, understanding the differences between saline and silicone implants can help you make an informed decision. 

This guide is designed to provide our patients with clear information about their options.

Why Consider Breast Implant Revision?

Patients consider breast implant revision surgery for various reasons, including changes in personal goals, complications such as implant rupture or capsular contracture, or changes in breast tissue over time. Whatever your reason, approaching the decision with thorough information and guidance from experienced professionals in breast procedures is important.

Saline vs. Silicone Implants – An Overview

Saline and silicone implants differ primarily in material and feel. Saline implants are silicone shells filled with sterile saltwater. They are inserted empty and filled once in place, allowing for adjustable size during the surgery. 

Silicone implants, on the other hand, are pre-filled with a viscous silicone gel, which many find to mimic the feel of natural breast tissue more closely than saline.

Advantages of Saline Implants in Revision Surgery

Saline implants offer several advantages:

  • Adjustability: The fill level can be adjusted during surgery, providing flexibility in achieving the desired breast size.
  • Safety: In case of a rupture, the saline solution will be absorbed safely by the body.
  • Cost: Typically, saline implants are less expensive than silicone options.

These features make saline implants a versatile and safe choice for many undergoing revision breast procedures.

Advantages of Silicone Implants in Revision Surgery

Silicone implants are often preferred for their natural feel and aesthetic qualities:

  • Natural Feel: Silicone gel has a similar consistency to breast tissue, which tends to feel more natural than saline.
  • Less Rippling: Silicone implants are less likely to cause rippling, a common concern among those with thinner breast tissue.
  • Variety of Shapes: They come in various shapes and profiles to fit different body types and aesthetic goals.

Due to these reasons, silicone implants are frequently chosen for revisions where a more natural look and feel are paramount.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Implants for Revision

When deciding between saline and silicone for your breast implant revision, consider:

  • Body Type: Your body shape and the amount of natural breast tissue can influence the ideal type of implant.
  • Previous Implants: The type of implant you previously had and your experience with it might affect your choice.
  • Desired Outcome: Discuss with your surgeon the look and feel you aim to achieve.

What to Expect During the Revision Procedure

Breast implant revision surgery generally involves replacing old implants with new ones and possibly correcting any issues with scar tissue or implant placement. Recovery times vary, but most patients can expect to return to normal activities within a few weeks, with complete recovery taking a few months.

Choosing between saline and silicone implants for your breast implant revision involves understanding each type’s benefits and limitations. As long as you consult with a board-certified surgeon, you can make an informed decision that best meets your needs and expectations.

Consult with Dr. Park for a Safe and Effective Revision Procedure

Dr. Park understands that each patient requires a unique approach, especially when revising previous breast surgeries. His background in plastic and reconstructive surgery shows that he is well-equipped to address complex cases, such as correcting capsular contracture, implant malposition, or changing implant size and type for aesthetic or medical reasons.

When you’re ready to discuss breast implant revision procedures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gregory Park today. He’s here to help you achieve the results you want with the utmost care and professionalism.