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History of Saline

Developed as an alternative to silicone implants, saline implants were first introduced to the market in 1965. Saline rose to popularity when silicone breast implants were pulled from the market in 1991. Since the initial implants were developed, technology has provided several improvements in the outer shell. The incidence of deflation and leakage has dropped significantly, and saline escaping from the valve has been eliminated. Saline implants are made with the same outer shell as silicone implants. The difference is they are filled with saline (sterilized salt water), by your surgeon, at the time of surgery. This allows for a smaller incision to be used, measuring about 1.5 inches.

Pros of Saline Implants:

  • A smaller incision is used, meaning a smaller scar.
  • They cost less.
  • The saline fill level is adjustable, making a greater variability in size.
  • A leakage or deflation is noticeable.
  • They use physiologic (salt water) filler, which is compatible with the human body.

Cons of Saline Implants:

  • They are firmer implants.
  • They do not feel as natural as silicone.
  • They have a higher incidence of rippling.
  • Unless you have a lot of natural breast tissue, saline generally requires a submuscular placement.

Up to 90% of all our patients chose silicone implants over saline. Women often like the organic look the silicone implants provide, along with a soft,
natural feel. Our patients also enjoy the peace of mind they get with silicone implants, as they continuously receive exceptional safety ratings.