The Pros and Cons of Saline Breast Implants By Oren Zvi Lerman, M.D. on November 03, 2015

A surgeon holding breast implantsDr. Oren Z. Lerman is s supremely skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon based in Manhattan, offering patients exceptional results when it comes to aesthetic enhancement procedures. This is particularly true when it comes to breast augmentation surgery.

There are many ways to perform breast augmentation, and different options when it comes to implants themselves. With that in mind, let's take a look at saline breast implants and their various advantages and disadvantages.

About Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants consist of a silicone shell that is filled with saline solution. When silicone breast implants were taken off the market in the United States for several years, these kinds of implants where the only ones available in the country.

Saline Breast Implants Offer Versatility

Saline breast implants offer a fair amount of versatility when it comes to performing breast augmentation surgery. For one, these implants can be placed through all of the different incision techniques: the areola incision method, the inframammary incision method, the transaxillary incision method, and the transumbilical incision method. The latter two surgical techniques involve incisions that are hidden in the armpit or belly button, respectively.

In addition, it's relatively easy to place and position saline breast implants relative to the mammary gland and pectoral muscle.

The Advantages of Saline Breast Implants

There are numerous advantages to getting saline breast implants.

First of all, saline breast implants are very safe and durable. In the event of an implant rupture of leak, the saline safely drains into the body without potential for toxicity or harm. The leak occurs relatively rapidly as well, meaning that it is easy to notice and patients can undergo treatment sooner rather than later.

In addition, saline breast implants can be placed in a breast augmentation surgery that involves no visible scarring on the breasts themselves. This is ideal for many patients who want to have the benefits of breast augmentation surgery without the potential of scars.

The Disadvantages of Saline Breast Implants

The primary disadvantage of saline breast implants is that they do not always look or feel as natural as silicone breast implants. The texture of the silicone gel implants tends to better match the texture of actual breast tissue. Saline breast implants still yield excellent results, though they may not be quite as good as those achieved through the use of silicone breast implants.

In addition, the potential for rippling is more likely with saline breast implants rather than silicone breast implants. Rippling refers to the visible ripple of the implant through a patient's skin.

Are Saline Breast Implants Right for Me?

Each patient's ideal surgical procedure and approach differs based on their needs. Because of this, it's important that you visit us for a consultation if you're considering breast augmentation surgery. During this visit, you will receive answers to all of your questions and be able to make the best decisions when it comes to your breast enhancement options.

Learn More About Saline Breast Implants

For more information about breast augmentation surgery and how it can help you look your absolute best, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Oren Z. Lerman and the entire team look forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in greater detail.

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Dr. Oren Lerman

Oren Z. Lerman, MD

Dr. Oren Lerman performs a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures with a specialty in reconstructive breast surgery. In fact, he is the director of breast reconstruction at Lenox Hill Hospital's Institute for Comprehensive Breast Care as well as the Microvascular and Cosmetic Breast Fellowship. In addition to the hospital, Dr. Lerman is affiliated with:

  • The New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (Past President)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery (Diplomate)
  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Lerman by filling out our online form or calling (212) 434-6980.

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