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Dermal filler injections are among the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States with over a million injections performed every year. Within the dermal filler category, hyaluronic acid fillers are by far the most popular due to their good safety profile and versatility.
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Juvederm Ultra Plus
Ultra : Normally used as a lip filler, Juvederm Ultra can also treat the nasolabial folds. Typically, Ultra is considered among the thinnest of Juvederm's fillers. It lasts on average around three to six months.
Ultra Plus : Contains lidocaine for improved comfort and is also used for dramatic lip augmentation. It is also used in the nasolabial folds. Slightly thicker than Ultra, it has a few more uses and sometimes is used in the cheeks or chin. It is versatile and great for volume loss and facial wrinkles. Juvederm Ultra Plus also lasts around six months, though can last longer in some places and individuals.
Voluma : Among the longest lasting hyaluronic acid option, Voluma is typically used in the chin or cheeks. It can last up to two years. Out of all hyaluronic acid fillers, it is often considered the one that lasts the longest.
Juvederm Bellevue & Kirkland
Dermal filler injections are among the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States with over a million injections performed every year. Within the dermal filler category, hyaluronic acid fillers are by far the most popular due to their good safety profile and versatility. Two filler manufacturers offer hyaluronic acid fillers–Restylane and Juvederm. Both are about equal in usage and most providers offer both. Northwest Face & Body offers the best Juvederm Bellevue and Kirkland provides.
The Lowdown On Juvederm
Juvederm is a type of cosmetic injectable known as a dermal filler. It is injected for two main purposes: to fill hollows and wrinkles or to augment areas of the face. Primarily used on the face, dermal fillers like Juvederm are among the top non-surgical procedures for anti-aging. With millions of filler injections performed every year, it is an extremely popular and versatile tool for looking younger and achieving your ideal facial aesthetic.
Within facial fillers, some subcategories refer to what the filler is made out of. Juvederm belongs to the largest and most used classification: hyaluronic acid fillers. This means that Juvederm is lower risk than semi-permanent fillers and can treat more places such as the lips.
The master injectors at Northwest Face & Body are masters at using Juvederm to artfully augment and fill in facial features. Northwest Face & Body provides the best Juvederm Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
The Lowdown On Juvederm
Juvederm has many applications across the face. Some of the areas Juvederm can treat include:
- Under Eyes
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
Patients can usually treat multiple areas at once. Juvederm also pairs well with neurotoxin treatment such as BOTOX or Dysport. Your master injector will discuss which areas you are a candidate for treatment and the best Juvederm filler for each area.
Advantages Of Hyaluronic Acid Based Fillers
Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, the largest concentrations of which are in the eyes and joints. Therefore, while rejection or allergy to the filler is possible, it is highly unlikely. Another major benefit of hyaluronic acid filler is that they have a natural reversal agent, hyaluronidase.
When injected, it breaks up the filler. If you experience major side effects or complications or end up unhappy with your new look, there is an easy antidote. This also increases the safety of hyaluronic acid fillers when compared with other types of fillers. If occlusion (the injection of filler into a blood vessel) or an adverse event occurs, it can be immediately addressed in the office.
While it may not seem like an advantage at first, the temporary nature of hyaluronic acid fillers allows patients to stop treatments whenever they want, try out various filler options, and try out different looks each time. This experimentation allows patients to find the exactly right filler option and technique for them.
Types Of Juvederm Filler
Juvederm makes a few different fillers that each have a slightly varied consistency and tend to be used in different areas. The main Juvederm offerings are Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, and Juvederm Voluma. Your master injector can discuss each option with you in detail and help determine which is best for the area you are treating and your goals.
- Ultra: Normally used as a lip filler, Juvederm Ultra can also treat the nasolabial folds. Typically, Ultra is considered among the thinnest of Juvederm's fillers. It lasts on average around three to six months.
- Ultra Plus: Contains lidocaine for improved comfort and is also used for dramatic lip augmentation. It is also used in the nasolabial folds. Slightly thicker than Ultra, it has a few more uses and sometimes is used in the cheeks or chin. It is versatile and great for volume loss and facial wrinkles. Juvederm Ultra Plus also lasts around six months, though can last longer in some places and individuals.
- Voluma: Among the longest lasting hyaluronic acid option, Voluma is typically used in the chin or cheeks. It can last up to two years. Out of all hyaluronic acid fillers, it is often considered the one that lasts the longest.
Before & After Juvederm Injections In Bellevue
The first step for undergoing Juvederm filler injections in Bellevue is to attend a consultation with a master injector. At this appointment, your master injector will ask you about your goals, medical history, history with fillers, and lifestyle. They may also briefly examine the area to evaluate the skin quality, thickness, and other factors that influence the filler choice and process.
If they believe you are a good candidate for your chosen procedure, they will discuss the many fillers you have to choose from. In some cases, you may undergo filler injections the same day. Otherwise, you can schedule your appointment at your convenience or before leaving the office.
First, your master injector will prep the injection sites. This involves disinfecting the areas with alcohol and cleansing them of any makeup or environmental debris. After this, they will likely apply topical numbing cream. This will sit for around ten to twenty minutes. During this time, your injector will prepare the Juvederm.
Your master injector will then begin the filler injections. Depending on the treatment, they may use a needle or cannula. If using a needle, they will start injections immediately. With a cannula, they will make a small entry point for the cannula using a small needle. After inserting the needle or cannula they will slowly inject the filler. They may move the needle within the injection point or inject at multiple sites to add volume evenly for the ideal results.
For most areas, the injections themselves do not take longer than about ten to fifteen minutes. You can have multiple areas treated at the same time. Along with the topical numbing cream, the Juvederm contains a small amount of lidocaine to help ease the filler as it is injected.
In the days following the injections, you may notice some common side effects such as:
For the most part, these side effects should clear up in a week or two. For a day or two following Juvederm injections, your master injector may recommend avoiding strenuous exercise, alcohol, and certain blood-thinning medications and supplements.
Your filler will continue to settle for about two weeks. If you still notice lumps, unevenness, or the result does not fit your goals after two weeks, our master injectors can perform a quick touch up.
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Throughout history, women have tried many methods to enlarge their breasts. From wearing tailored clothing to paraffin wax injections to sponges, breast augmentation has come a long way. The 1960s brought the creation of the first modern breast implant and since then the procedure is consistently one of the most popular among women. Saline breast implants have been used regularly since the 1980s and remain a popular choice for women seeking breast augmentation. Northwest Face & Body performs the best saline breast augmentation Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
What Is Saline Breast Augmentation?
Saline breast augmentation is the enlargement of the breasts using saline breast implants. Saline breast implants are a type of breast implant that features a silicone shell that is then filled with sterile saline during surgery. This provides a significant surgical advantage that allows the implant to be inserted through a smaller incision. It also offers more incision location options.
Breast augmentation increases breast size but may also enhance the shape of the breasts, treat deformities, or reconstruct the breasts. Saline breast implants can achieve all of these goals and are FDA approved for implantation in patients 18 or over.
Advantages Of Saline Breast Implants
Enhancing the breasts can offer many physical and mental benefits to patients. Saline breast implants also provide many advantages to Bellevue breast augmentation patients. Among some of the benefits and advantages of saline implants include:
- Smaller incision
- Compatible with every breast augmentation surgical technique
- Size adjustable after implantation (to a limited extent)
- Available to patients under 22
- Rupture or leaks evident soon after the occurrence (although rupture is rare)
- May work well for patients who have a significant amount of breast tissue already
- Firmer feel
- Saline poses little to no risk to the body
- May offer a slightly rounder shape than some silicone implants
Many women who choose saline breast implants do so to accommodate a specific technique, limit the incision, or for the assurance that rupture would be rapidly visible. Some patients believe that saline implants provide a less natural look or feel than silicone implants. This mainly comes down to preference and each breast implant type can create natural looking and feeling results.
Types Of Breast Augmentation
Northwest Face & Body offers many options for your breast augmentation surgery in Bellevue. The most popular type of breast augmentation uses breast implants to create a larger, shapelier breast. Our talented Bellevue plastic surgeons also offer breast augmentation options that do not use traditional breast implants.
Only a consultation at Northwest Face & Body where your plastic surgeon can evaluate your goals and anatomy can determine if you are a good fit for your preferred breast augmentation method. Your plastic surgeon will also discuss the options you have and the one which will best meet your goals.
As discussed, saline breast augmentation uses saline breast implants to produce larger breasts. Unlike silicone breast implants, saline breast implants come empty and filled as part of a Bellevue breast augmentation surgery.
Silicone breast augmentation uses a pre-filled breast implant to augment the breasts. Compared to saline breast implants, this kind of breast implant is filled with silicone gel that some women prefer.
Gummy bear breast implants are a type of silicone implant that contains a firmer, more cohesive silicone gel. This cohesive gel is designed to stick to itself and hold its shape which may reduce the risk of rupture and other possible complications. It is among the newest generation of silicone breast implants.
Fat transfer to the breasts is a breast augmentation method that does not require the use of a traditional breast implant. While this surgery does not offer the same dramatic results that implants can, it is a good option for women who are not candidates for breast implants or who only want a mild increase in breast size.
Bellevue Saline Breast Augmentation Timeline
The journey to breast augmentation surgery in Bellevue can take months or years to come to fruition. In this time you may spend many hours researching, attending multiple consultations, and decide on the breast implant you want. At Northwest Face & Body, we aim to provide a comfortable and seamless experience for your saline breast augmentation in Bellevue.
Consultation With A Bellevue Plastic Surgeon
At a consultation with a plastic surgeon at Northwest Face & Body, they will first want to understand your goals and expectations. Every patient has different goals for their body and knowing what you want will allow them to make the best recommendations. Your Bellevue plastic surgeon will likely ask about medical history and lifestyle that could impact surgery.
Next, they may physically examine your breasts and chest area. This examination can help them determine if you are a good candidate for your desired incision and breast augmentation technique. It may also lead them to recommend a specific breast implant type.
After this, your plastic surgeon will use Vectra 3D imaging to scan your body and create a 3D recreation. This takes seconds and does not add time to your consultation. They can show you how your desired implant will enhance your features. Your plastic surgeon can then cycle through various options and sizes. This lets you choose the best breast implant and size to meet your goals.
Once you choose the saline breast implants that suit you, you will receive a custom price quote and more information. At this point, you can decide whether or not to proceed with Bellevue saline breast augmentation.
Saline Breast Augmentation Surgery
If you choose saline breast augmentation at Northwest Face & Body, you will attend a pre-operative appointment before surgery. At this appointment, you will receive instructions for the weeks and days leading up to surgery, as well as the day of surgery.
On surgery day, you will come to our Medicare-certified facility in Kirkland. Your plastic surgeon will make pre-operative marks and discuss the surgery with you. Following preparation, a licensed anesthesia provider will place you under general anesthesia.
Most saline breast augmentation surgeries do not take more than two hours to complete. If you are undergoing another procedure at the same time, like a breast lift, surgical time may increase. Your Kirkland plastic surgeon will begin by making an incision in the pre-determined location. Breast augmentation incision locations include the inframammary fold, areola, armpit, and belly button.
Through this incision, your plastic surgeon will create a pocket of space either below or above the pectoralis muscle. They will then insert and fill the saline breast implant. Once filled to meet your goals, your plastic surgeon will carefully close the incisions using techniques to minimize future scarring.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Waking up from surgery, you will rest comfortably until you are awake from general anesthesia and cleared to go home. Your caregiver will then take you home where you can spend the rest of your recovery.
Your Kirkland plastic surgeon’s instructions may vary depending on your specific procedure and healing process. However, general saline breast augmentation instructions often include:
- Refraining from exercise for at least two weeks and lifting over ten pounds for six weeks or more
- Take medications prescribed by your plastic surgeon
- Get up and walk every few hours to promote good circulation
- Avoid NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen and Aspirin as they can worsen or prolong bruising
- Know that some side effects like pain, bruising, swelling, discomfort, and redness are normal and should subside with time
- Attend post-operative appointments
- Massage as instructed by your plastic surgeon
Your plastic surgeon and Northwest Face & Body are happy to answer any questions you may have during recovery. At post-operative appointments, your plastic surgeon in Kirkland can also more accurately gauge your healing. This allows them to clear you for work and activities as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions About Saline Breast Augmentation
Should I Put My Breast Implants Over Or Under The Muscle?
Today, a good majority of breast implants–both saline and silicone–are placed under the muscle. This involves lifting the pectoralis muscle and partially covering the breast implant. Placing breast implants in this position does increase recovery time. However, under the chest muscle breast implant placement has been shown to decrease the risk of many breast implant complications like capsular contracture, rupture, and rippling. This reduces the possibility of implant removal in the future.
Ultimately, the decision to place your implant above or below the muscle is up to you. Many women believe that under the muscle placement results in more natural results, especially with saline implants which are more prone to wrinkling when placed above the muscle. Overall, the under muscle placement is largely preferred by plastic surgeons and patients.
What Happens If A Saline Breast Implant Breaks?
While breast implant leaking and ruptures are relatively rare, what happens if a saline breast implant breaks? One of the major advantages of saline breast implants is that they will simply deflate. The saline filling poses little to no risk to the body and is absorbed naturally. This will cause the breast to change in size and shape. Normally, there are no major medical risks at this point.
In the event this occurs, your plastic surgeon can remove the breast implant and replace it. There may be some cases where it is possible to repair a saline breast implant, but almost always your Kirkland plastic surgeon will recommend replacing one or both breast implants.
Is Breast Augmentation Painful?
Breast augmentation is a major surgery. This means it comes with some post-operative pain. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication to manage this and most patients switch to over-the-counter options in about three to four days. If unmanageable pain lasts more than a week, you should discuss it with your plastic surgeon.
Are Saline Breast Implants Safe?
The FDA approved saline breast implants and has never removed them from the market. They are largely considered a safe option for breast augmentation surgery.
What Is The Average Cost Of Breast Augmentation?
The cost of breast augmentation in Kirkland varies based on breast implant choice and the specifics of the surgery. To get a starting price for your saline breast augmentation, use our Price Simulator™ app. Price Simulator™ will allow you to explore the breast augmentation options at Northwest Face & Body and receive a good idea of the cost of breast augmentation.
The Best Saline Breast Augmentation Bellevue And Kirkland Offers At Northwest Face & Body
Northwest Face & Body has served the Bellevue and Kirkland areas since 1983. Providing the gold standard in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, our Bellevue and Kirkland plastic surgeons are breast surgery experts. With decades of combined experience and hundreds of surgeries performed every year, we offer the best breast augmentation in Bellevue and Kirkland.
Located conveniently in Kirkland, minutes away from downtown Kirkland and Bellevue, Northwest Face & Body is accessible from both major Eastside cities. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also contact us online via the contact form or Price Simulator™.
Do people still get saline breast implants? ›
For patients who are between 18 and 22 years old, some choose to get saline implants now rather than waiting until they can get silicone implants. While the advantages of saline implants can be alluring, most surgeons and patients prefer silicone implants due to these disadvantages of saline.Are saline implants less likely to cause BII? ›
While the risk of BII is not necessarily greater with saline implants, some patients do report more visible rippling and a less natural look and feel with saline implants when compared to silicone implants. This is particularly true for women with a low body fat percentage and minimal native breast tissue.Can you get capsular contracture with saline? ›
Both saline and silicone gel implants share 2 basic limitations: The risk over time that an implant will leak. The possibility of developing capsular contracture (when excessive scar tissue develops around the implant, distorting its shape and making it firmer)How much can you overfill saline breast implants? ›
Because of this, all manufacturers of saline breasts implants allow for some leeway as far as filling is concerned, and overfilling by up to 10 percent is considered both safe and reasonable. Slightly overfilling saline implants is a common technique for minimizing implant rippling.Are gummy bear implants better than saline? ›
Due to their strength, gummy bear implants are less likely to rupture and leak compared with other silicone gel and saline forms. The risk, however, is that if gummy bear implants do leak, it's harder to detect the leak than with saline implants. This is why screenings are important to detect any problems.What are the dangers of saline breast implants? ›
- Scar tissue that changes the shape of the breast implant — a condition called capsular contracture.
- Breast pain.
- Changes in nipple and breast feeling, which is often temporary.
- Leaking or tearing.
Saline and silicone breast implants are made from neutral materials well tolerated by the human body. While the body can have an inflammatory reaction to implants, this isn't a rejection. Breast implants are made from the same materials as many medical devices that are well tolerated by the body.What is the life expectancy of saline breast implants? ›
Most silicone and saline implants are FDA approved for 10-20 years, but this does not mean that you have to get them replaced every 10-20 years. You can safely go beyond these time frames, and most patients only have to have 1-2 replacements in their lifetime.What I wish I knew before getting breast implants? ›
- Implants don't last forever. ...
- Know what can—and can't—be achieved. ...
- Your options have changed. ...
- Aesthetic preferences have changed too. ...
- Implants have their risks, so do your research. ...
- Be prepared for downtime. ...
- They don't come cheap.
How Breast Implants Change Over Time in the Body. As we age, our skin's collagen production slows, making our skin more prone to loosening and sagging. Breasts with implants are more prone to sagging caused by the excess weight in the implant and from the natural effects of aging.
What are the early signs of capsular contracture? ›
- Breasts that seem to sit high on the chest.
- Misshapen or unnatural looking breasts.
- Breasts that feel firm and tight.
- A round, ball-like shape of the breasts.
- Pain or discomfort, especially when lying on the breasts.
A retrospective review by Marques et al8 found that patients who are 54 years old and beyond are at risk for capsular contracture.Why do surgeons overfill implants? ›
Overfilling to the recommended volume reduces deflation, rippling, and sloshing. Hence, implant manufacturers encourage overfilling.Do saline implants get smaller over time? ›
In general, saline implants deflate around 10% to 12% of the time at ten years. This is not a straight line progression for 3 to 4 % may deflate in the first 3 years, and the deflation rate at 20 years is likely 30 % or more.Do saline implants look bigger? ›
There are also some major differences in terms of how natural each implant looks. In general, saline implants appear firmer and rounder compared to silicone implants. This is due to the pliability of each type of material.What is the best brand of breast implants? ›
- Allergan. If you know anything about breast implants, you've probably heard about Allergan. ...
- Mentor. While you may not recognize the name Mentor, you may recognize their parent company, Johnson & Johnson. ...
Silicone breast implants tend to feel more like natural breast tissue than saline alternatives. This is particularly true of the form stable (“gummy bear”) breast implant, which is filled with a cohesive gel that mimics the feel of natural breast tissue almost perfectly.Are saline implants more natural looking? ›
Saline and silicone implants both offer a natural look, but saline implants have a higher chance of visible rippling. This rippling can show on the side, bottom or between your breasts when you lean forward.Which looks more natural silicone or saline? ›
Aesthetic Look of the Implants
Saline implants are a bit overfilled, which gives them the look of fullness and firmness when you touch them. Silicone implants, however, are highly pliable and gives your breasts a more natural look.
- Excellent safety and performance record.
- Feel like natural breast tissue compared to saline implants.
- Not as likely as saline implants to be visible under the skin compared to saline implants.
Do saline implants look better? ›
Silicone implants tend to look more realistic in both their shape and their movement. Saline breast implants have a more rounded shape, and they do not jiggle quite as much. Saline implants have the potential to get a slight rippling or wrinkling look around the edges which can be visible through the skin.Can you feel the water in saline implants? ›
Because saline has the consistency of water, it may cause intermittent sloshing when you move. If so, sloshing is usually only perceived by the woman with the implants. It might be loud or distracting to the woman, but others will not usually hear it. Silicone, because it is more viscous, does not slosh.How long does it take to develop breast implant illness? ›
Symptoms can start soon after breast implant surgery or not for many years. Many people report that their BII symptoms go away after a surgeon removes their implants, but others don't.Can you add more saline to implants after surgery? ›
If you have saline implants, we may be able to add more saline to the existing implants in order to increase the size. This is not the case with silicone breast implants. Because these implants are always pre-filled, silicone implants will need to be removed and then larger implants will need to be inserted.What happens to saline breast implants after 10 years? ›
They can rupture or leak, and saline implants may deflate. Capsular contracture may also occur, which is shrinkage of natural scar tissue that your body produces around any implanted medical device. This may result in firm or hard breasts or a deformity which you can feel or see.Do breast implants look bigger at first? ›
The breasts begin to look larger with normal contours, taking on the appearance the patient had in mind when she started the process. Results will continue to improve during recovery as swelling subsides and breast appearance improves.What foods to avoid after breast augmentation? ›
After surgery, avoid salt, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and refined carbohydrates for at least a month. After three days you can resume any vitamin or herbal supplements. The closer you follow the guidelines above, the better your surgical experience and recovery will be.Do breast implants look small at first? ›
Breast Implants Start High
Your breasts may also look smaller than you were hoping for. At first, the muscle and breast tissues are tight, compressing your implant. In time, these tissues will relax and loosen, and the breast implant drop will occur and develop into a more natural-looking position.
There is no age limit for breast surgery. People can get breast implant surgery or surgery to lift breasts at any age. You may choose breast implants to improve your appearance. Perhaps you want implants to reconstruct your breasts after cancer treatment.How do I keep my breast implants from dropping? ›
- Wear supportive garments as instructed during recovery.
- Restrict physical activity and heavy lifting for at least 4 – 6 weeks.
- Wear supportive bras even after recovery, particularly when exercising.
What are the best implants to prevent capsular contracture? ›
The use of textured gel implants: Using gel implants with a textured surface, rather than a smooth surface, has been shown to reduce the likelihood of capsular contraction. It is thought that the textured surface of the implant makes it more difficult for thick scar tissue to develop around the implant.Can you stop capsular contracture once it starts? ›
Undergo therapeutic ultrasound treatments if you suspect capsular contracture. While a capsulectomy was once the only remedy for capsular contracture, surgeons are now able to offer ultrasound therapy as a safe, effective, and non-invasive solution.Is there a way to prevent capsular contracture? ›
Research has shown that using textured surface gel implants (rather than smooth) reduces the likelihood of capsular contracture. Doctors believe this is due to the textured surface being a bit more difficult for the body to form thick scar tissue around.What vitamins should I take after breast augmentation? ›
Take vitamin C: This vitamin helps boost plastic surgery wound healing. It is available over-the-counter and is helpful to take two weeks before and two weeks after breast surgery.What is the main cause of capsular contracture? ›
Capsular contracture is caused by an excessive fibrotic reaction to a foreign body (the implant) and has an overall incidence of 10.6%. Risk factors that were identified included the use of smooth (vs. textured) implants, a subglandular (vs. submuscular) placement, use of a silicone (vs.What is the sharp shooting pain in breast implant? ›
Zingers are the term used to describe the shooting, burning, sharp, intermittent sensations that women experience after a breast augmentation. This nerve hypersensitivity feels almost like a mini electric shock. Zingers only last a second or two but for women who aren't expecting them it can be quite scary.Do implants look bigger over the muscle? ›
Initially over the muscle implants may appear bigger than if you were to have under the muscle implants, however, this is temporary and mainly due to swelling and the implants sitting high on the chest following breast surgery.What is too big for breast implants? ›
An adequate amount of breast tissue
Implant sizes typically range from 80cc to 800 CCs. When a patient opts for larger than 400 CC, without the breast tissue to support the size, the implants can show through the skin, looking awkward.
Your breast implants may appear to be bigger or fuller once they've dropped to a lower, more natural-looking position on your chest and "fluffed" into a rounder and softer shape. Changes in the size or shape of your new breasts after augmentation can also occur as swelling and tightness subside.What size saline implants should I get? ›
While saline and silicone breast implants are available in sizes up to 1000 cc, the average patient typically chooses implants between 200-500 cc.
Do saline implants pop easily? ›
The development of saline implants over the years made the shells thicker to prevent spontaneous ruptures. Right now, with proper care, the cases of a rupture stand at only 1%. It will take significant trauma to put your implants at risk of leaking.Can saline breast implants cause weight gain? ›
It's common to gain a small amount of weight (up to 5 pounds) immediately after breast augmentation. A small percentage of this is due to the weight of the implants. However, your breast implants rarely weigh more than 1-2 pounds, so the rest of this weight gain is due to other factors associated with your surgery.Are saline breast implants better? ›
Saline implants are usually firmer, fuller, and rounder then silicone, so they may look and feel less natural. However, customizing the size and placement can ensure a more natural-looking implant.Should I get silicone or saline breast implants? ›
Both silicone gel and saline breast implants are considered safe. Because the FDA has approved silicone gel implants for patients aged 22 or older, I recommend that younger women get saline implants for augmentation. If the cost of implants is an issue, saline implants are less expensive.Which is healthier silicone or saline implants? ›
Saline breast implants are just as dangerous as silicone implants. Both breast implant types are associated with a rare form of cancer and several other adverse health effects. There is a common misconception that saline breast implants are safer than silicone implants.How many years do saline breast implants last? ›
Most silicone and saline implants are FDA approved for 10-20 years, but this does not mean that you have to get them replaced every 10-20 years. You can safely go beyond these time frames, and most patients only have to have 1-2 replacements in their lifetime.Do saline implants look more natural? ›
Saline and silicone implants both offer a natural look, but saline implants have a higher chance of visible rippling. This rippling can show on the side, bottom or between your breasts when you lean forward.What are the healthiest breast implants? ›
- Excellent safety and performance record.
- Feel like natural breast tissue compared to saline implants.
- Not as likely as saline implants to be visible under the skin compared to saline implants.
There are very slight differences in volumes between saline and silicone implants since they have different densities of the fillers. But on a practical basis there are no significant external differences in how their sizes will look.Do saline implants feel heavy? ›
Another common concern about breast implants is that they will feel excessively heavy. Because an implant does add volume and weight to the breasts, it often takes several weeks or months to adjust to your new figure.
How often should saline breast implants be checked? ›
For most saline breast implant patients, having your implants checked every 5 to 10 years is reasonable. Also, regardless of what type of breast implants you have, do go in for scheduled mammograms as recommended by your doctor.What is the longest saline implants have lasted? ›
The average saline or silicone implants may last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. However, many are removed sooner due to complications or cosmetic concerns. Up to 20 percent of people have their implants removed or replaced within 8 to 10 years. Wondering if it's time to have yours replaced?