The basic difference between the saline and the silicone breast implants are consistency of the inner substance or the filler, and the material it is made up of. But there is also a similarity in between the two of them, that they both have the same outer silicone shell.
The other difference between features of the saline and silicone gel is that it differs in dimensions, texture, and affects the options of incisions to insert the implant.
Saline Breast Implant
Saline breast implants are inserted empty in the pocketed area created within the breast and filled with sterile salt water, after placing it successfully.
This type of implants is, mainly opted by the women of 18 or above, who wishes for a breast augmentation or reconstruction surgery.
With silicone implant, inserting the empty shell leaves many options for the incision type and resulting scar. It allows the shorter peri-areolar or keyhole incision that takes place around the areola, the empty shell is inserted and the filler gel is filled afterwards. It is a viable option when breast implants are used post breast uplift, sufficing with just one incision, the resulting scar is just virtually undetectable. The other options include trans-umbilical (Tuba) incision and the trans-axiliary (armpit) incision.
Silicone Breast Implant
This type of breast implants pre-filled with the silicone gel before inserting them in the body. And the best part of this implant is that being made of a sticky, thick fluid it mimics the feel of human fat closely enough to make you feel like a natural breast tissue.
Mainly preferred by women above 22 years of age these implants are suitable for women of any age, though.
Risks of Breast Implants?
- Occurrence of Breast Pain
- Implant rupture and leakage
- Distortion of the shape of the breast implants with the emergence of the scar tissue.
- Changes in the breast and nipple sensation (temporarily in usual cases )
Silicone implants feel better with a long lasting impact as compared to saline implant. Kindly note, that additional surgical procedures may be required to correct these complications.
What Exactly Happens With A Ruptured Implant?
Though the approach may vary, but the implant ruptures of whether of silicone or saline implants.
- Ruptured Saline Implants
The implant will deflate if the saline breast implant ruptures, which can cause to distort the shape and contour of the breasts. But not to worry as the leaking saline solution will be absorbed by the body without any potential health factors. Although, it may require the surgery to remove the silicone shells from within. You can even insert a new implant at the same time itself.
- Ruptured silicone implants
A ruptured silicone implant may not get noticed early as the free silicone trapped in the fibrous tissue will not let that happen. The capsule formed around the implant with the ruptured gel implant within it is known as the silent rupture.
Though the leaking silicone gel isn’t going to cause a long term health hazard like reproductive issues, breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, connect tissue disease.
There may be changes and breast pain eventually in a ruptured silicone breast implant along with the changes in the shape and contour the breasts. But timely detection through an MRI scanning can help you take the action on time and saving you from facing anything serious.