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Saline Implants vs Silicone Implants

Breast Augmentation

September 13, 2022 | 3 minute read

Saline Implants vs Silicone Implants | El Paso Texas Plastic SurgeryThere are many considerations for a patient to have in mind when beginning their breast augmentation journey. One of the most important decisions to be made will be whether to use silicone or saline breast implants. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will explain the differences between these types of implants and help you decide which is best for you and your aesthetic goals. Board certified plastics surgeon Dr. Marco Gonzalez provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in El Paso, TX, and surrounding locations.

Appearance and Feel

Silicone breast implants typically offer more natural-looking results, as they hang over the curvature of the breasts similar to the body’s natural fat tissue. Silicone gel also feels closer to natural fat. Saline breast implants are usually “over-filled,” and have a rounder, fuller appearance and firmer touch.

Incisions and Placement

The type of surgical incision to be made depends on the implant type, as silicone and saline implants are usually placed in different areas of the chest. Saline implants are inserted into the chest empty during surgery, then filled with the saline solution after placement is completed. Since the saline implants do not have volume at the time of insertion, small incisions can be used during surgery. Silicone implants come from the manufacturer already pre-filled with gel material and therefore require a larger incision to be placed into the chest.


Silicone and saline breast implants are both meant to be durable and long-lasting. Both implant types are found to last about the same amount of time, and both require removal or replacement after so many years. Risk of implant rippling, rupture and capsular contracture is equal with either implant type. In the case of a ruptured implant, silicone gel can seep into the body and cause dangerous health issues. Since saline solution is easily absorbed by the body, they are safer. Your surgeon will help you decide on the best breast implants for you during your initial consultation.  Board certified plastics surgeon Dr. Marco Gonzalez provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in El Paso, TX, and surrounding locations.

Contact El Paso, TX Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Marco A. Gonzalez

For more information on Plastic Surgery (cirugía plástica) and Non-Surgical Medical Spa procedures and treatments, please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (cirujano plástico), Dr. Marco A. Gonzalez (Dr. G) by clicking here or calling 915-600-2639.

Serving patients in El Paso Texas, Las Cruces New Mexico, Ciudad Juárez Mexico and surrounding areas.

Para obtener más información sobre cirugía plástica y procedimientos y tratamientos de spa médico no quirúrgico, comuníquese con las oficinas del cirujano plástico certificado por la junta, Dr. Marco A. Gonzalez (Dr. G) haciendo clic aquí o llamando 915-600-2639.

Sirviendo a pacientes en El Paso Texas, Las Cruces Nuevo México, Ciudad Juárez México y áreas circundantes.

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