Female breasts often lose their fullness due to aging, post-pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss. Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Arroyo performs breast augmentation surgery with the goal of giving women a fuller and more aesthetic breast appearance.
Saline vs Silicone
One of the critical decisions breast augmentation patients have to make is choosing saline or silicone implants. Saline implants are inserted as empty silicone shells then filled with a sterile saltwater solution later. This means a smaller incision is needed when surgically placing the implant in the breast pocket. Silicone implants, which are more common, come pre-filled with a silicone gel and thus require a larger incision. Silicone implants look and feel more natural than saline implants, so most of Dr. Arroyo’s patients prefer them. While a saline implant will appear deflated if it ruptures, silicone implant ruptures are hard to notice. Dr. Arroyo recommends that women who receive a silicone implant undergo periodic imaging scans (MRI) to check for anomalies.