Saline breast implants have a medical-grade silicone shell filled with biocompatible saline (saltwater) solution. These implants are available to women as young as 18. They are now available in more sizes and shapes than ever, and when placed below the pectoral muscles, they can create a stunning, natural look and feel.
What are saline breast implants?
Saline breast implants require smaller incisions, as many styles of saline implants are filled after being placed through an incision around the areola or in the armpit.
What are the benefits of having saline breast implants?
There are several benefits to saline implants, which include:
- Natural-looking breasts
- Size can be slightly customized when filling
- In the event of a rupture, the saline is harmless and is absorbed safely by your body
- Ruptures are easily detected as the implant deflates
- Smaller incisions are required for placement
- Saline implants are more affordable than silicone implants
- Saline implants are FDA-approved for younger women
Saline breast implants for breast augmentation
You will have discussed your options for the location of the incision before the surgery, and with the incisions placed in one of the following areas:
- Transaxillary: Incisions in the armpit
- Inframammary: Incisions hidden in the natural breast crease
- Periareolar: Incisions around the areola
The incisions may be shorter with saline implants, as some styles are filled after placement, while others come pre-filled. Saline implants can produce a beautiful result but may not be the best option for women with little natural breast tissue. Saline implants have been developed with channels within the implant structure through which the saline solution motion is controlled to create a more natural feel.
How long do saline breast implants last?
Saline implants can last a long, long time – they do not have an expiration date, and typically last for ten to twenty years without problems. Saline breast implants usually do not require evaluation as often as silicone implants, as a rupture (which is rare) is obvious. Having your breasts checked regularly is always important.
What is the recovery like to experience?
After breast augmentation with saline implants, you will need several days to rest and heal. No stress should be put on the incisions, so you must avoid stretching or lifting your arms above your shoulders during healing. Your chest may feel tight, and swelling and bruising are normal, which begins to fade at the three-day mark. You should feel well enough to return to work or your other usual activities within a few days of your surgery.
Why should I choose Dr. Michael Ciaravino?
Dr. Michael Ciaravino is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast augmentation. Choosing a plastic surgeon with unparalleled experience and success is the best way to ensure you get the results you envision. Quality will always win and no matter what type of implants you choose, the skills and talent of your plastic surgeon are of utmost importance in the quality of the outcome. Dr. Ciaravino will give you the confidence and knowledge that you need to make an informed decision about your breast augmentation and live a happier, more confident life.
One of the world's leading breast implant surgeons