The Differences Between Saline and Silicone Extra Large Breast Implants

Generally speaking, you have two options if you want to get extra large breast implants. You can choose between saline and silicone. Now, this is not an easy decision to make because you’re choosing what’s going to go into the implants. Choose wisely and you’ll have amazing looking breasts. Of course, it goes without saying that you can end up regretting your decision if you chose the wrong one.

This article will discuss the differences between the two. Make sure to understand these differences so you can make an informed decision.

What are these Two?

Knowing what they are provides you with a clearer picture on how they’re different from each other.

  • Saline

This is basically salt water. They’re sterilized to avoid complications. Basically, the implants are inserted into place and once in place, they’re then filled with the sterilized salt water with your desired amount.

  • Silicone

These are implants that are ready to be inserted. They’re filled beforehand with silicone gel. This gel is used because it’s very much like the fat found in our body.

There’s an Issue of Age

First of all, you need to be 18 years of age to get implants, including extra large breast implants. No reputable surgeon will do the procedure on you if you’re not 18 years of age. Now, there is an exception to this rule. If you’re undergoing the procedure for reconstruction, and not augmentation, then you can get them even if you’re below 18 years old.

If you’re 18 to 21 years old, you can only get implanted with saline. Once you’ve turned 22, then you can choose from either saline or silicone.

Do they Present Different Risks?

What are the risks involved? There are no differences as far as the risks are concerned. No matter what you’re getting, you’re exposed to the following risks:

  • You can get an infection.
  • The implant can leak.
  • There may be a change on sensation that you get when your breast and/or nipple is stimulated.
  • There can be scarring.
  • It can be painful.

Either way, you can diminish these risks if you’re going to get it done by a professional.

The Implants can also Rupture, so What Happens?

Both options present a risk of rupturing. However, they differ on what’s going to happen after they rupture.

For saline, there’s generally no health risk involved if this happens. Because it’s just sterilized salt water, it will just be absorbed by the body. Of course, your implants will deflate and it will be obvious. You will immediately notice it and you can just hope that no one is there to see them deflating.

It’s a different case if silicone implants rupture. This is because there’s such a thing as silent rupture wherein the silicone gel that escaped will just be trapped around the implants. You probably won’t notice it.

Should there be a cause of concern? There’s no proof that it causes serious conditions like breast cancer, although it can be painful. This is especially true for extra large breast implants.

In addition, the FDA actually put a stop to the practice of using silicone gel for this procedure in 1992 because of the risks. However, it eventually allowed the safer ones to be put back in the market in 2006 after further review.

Either way, you can undergo another surgery to correct the situation. The implants will be surgically removed and you can also have the surgeon replace them right after they’re removed.

Which One is More Realistic?

Of course, you want something that’s more realistic. This is where the silicone gel option wins. As mentioned, it closely resembles fat. In addition to looking more realistic, it also feels more realistic. While it’s true that people will assume that they’re not real since you’re looking to get XL ones, it’s good to know that they look and feel real.

Which One is More Expensive?

Obviously, the silicone option is more expensive. The cost really varies depending on where you’re located and the doctor performing the surgery. But generally speaking, expect to pay around $1000 more if you’re going to choose silicone.

Now’s the Time to Make a Choice

Only you can answer on whether you’ll go for saline or silicone for your extra large breast implants. Just make sure that you understand the differences.

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