Types of Implants
Silicone implants have a more natural feel due to the viscous quality of the silicone, which mimics breast tissue. Any leakage is difficult to detect, as silicone is not absorbed, and the breast volume remains unchanged. An MRI may be needed to detect any silent leakage. Because they come pre-filled with silicone, they require a somewhat larger incision, typically beneath the breasts or through the areola. There are no valves or openings to adjust the volume or size of the implant. Currently, one must be at least 22 years old to receive silicone implants.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline Implants (saltwater) are popular because they are considered safe. In the event of leakage, the saltwater content will absorb naturally into the body. The change in volume will be immediately noticeable. These implants require only a small incision, as the saltwater filling is added only after the implants are in position.
The implant volume can be adjusted at the time of surgery to balance any unevenness in the breasts. Saline Implants have a tendency to form ripples from the folding of the implant shell. Due to the fluid movement of saltwater, they may feel less natural than silicone implants. Saline implants are typically positioned beneath the muscle to soften and conceal the implant outline.