Saline implants – is there a reason for having them?
Type of implants is just one of the decisions you have to make when having breast enlargement. But is there a reason to choose saline implants over silicone?
Saline implants are essentially composed of a thin silicone shell and filled up with salty water (saline). The advantage of these implants is that they are not silicone, and because they are collapsible they can be inflated inside the body and therefore can be inserted through very small holes.
This is the type of implant that is inserted through the tummy button as it would not be possible to insert a much larger uncollapsible silicone implants through this hole.
The disadvantage of saline implants is that they are prone to leakage and feel much more unnatural in the body, being firmer and more prone to wrinkling.
On balance, if having implants inserted through a very small incision is important to you, saline implants are a possibility. If, however, natural feel and more long-term stability in the implant are more important, I would advise you to opt for the latest fourth generation cohesive silicone gel implants.
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