What’s the difference between silicone and saline breast implants? Where is the implant placed and why is that important? Dr. Solomon answers these frequently asked questions and more:
“There are two different types of implants. The saline implant, and that’s basically like a shell. This shell here is basically rolled like a cigar, placed under the muscle or above the muscle, and then there’s a tube that goes in here that you fill that implant through that tubing. And you can go whatever amount of saline that you need to place in the implant, 300, 400, 500, whatever the amount is. The different kind is what we call the silicone or the gel, and basically these are, they call them sometimes the gummy bear, and they don’t have any valves or anything, it goes as is into the pocket that we create. Now there are two different planes where you can put the implant, either under the muscle or above the muscle. For the most part, 95% of the time, these implants are placed under the muscle. When they are placed under the muscle they are protected, there’s less chance of capsule contraction; which is basically the capsule that surrounds the implant, sometimes that capsule squeezes the implant and causes hardness of that implant. In that case, sometimes we have to revise and make a capsulotomy or cut the capsule to release the implant.”
Wondering which type of breast implant is right for you? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Solomon. [primary_practice] is located in Palm Harbor, a convenient drive from Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, & Citrus Park. Accommodations can be made for out of town patients.