Considering Feel after Surgery
Silicone breast implants are widely considered to feel more natural than saline implants. The silicone gel feels more natural because the cohesive gel is specially made to closely mirror the feel of your surrounding breast tissue. However, patients who want saline implants can choose to have them less filled during surgery to give them less firmness.
With subglandular implants, you will most likely be able to feel the implant under the skin and may even be able to feel rippling
. When placed under the muscle, implants receive natural-feeling tissue coverage; therefore, patients who want a softer, more natural feel should consider implants under the muscle.
Matching Type and Placement to Your Frame
If you have a thin frame, silicone implants may provide the most natural-looking results. If you have an aversion to silicone, you may consider saline implants, although both silicone and saline have been approved as safe for use in breast augmentations
. Furthermore, if you have ample breast tissue, saline implants can also provide a realistic enhancement.
Athletic women or women with muscular builds often prefer subglandular implants because they do not look abnormal when the pectoral muscles are flexed. Women with smaller breasts or petite women may choose submuscular placement because it allows them to subtly enhance their breast size if they do not have a lot of their own breast tissue to disguise the implant. Placing an implant under the muscle allows Dr. Nordberg
to shape the upper part of the breast and help reduce the visibility of the implant. The surest way to determine the right implants for your procedure is to meet with a trusted surgeon.
Saline implants are more prone to rippling than silicone implants, but this effect can be reduced if you are undergoing a submuscular placement. Implants placed under the pectoral muscle are covered by breast tissue and muscle, reducing the appearance and feel of rippling. If you choose a subglandular placement, Dr. Nordberg may recommend silicone implants to reduce the risk of rippling. For patients who are concerned about incisions and scarring, the incisions used for saline implants are usually smaller than those used for silicone.
Dr. Nordberg employs safety first when helping patients achieve their desired results, and will provide thorough information on each procedure to help you choose which placement protocol is right for you.
If a saline implant ruptures after placement, the saline will be absorbed and passed through the body through natural processes and the complication will be easy to identify. However, silicone implant ruptures are harder to detect and require a longer revisional surgery.
Subglandular implants are at greater risk of capsular contraction
than submuscular implants because they do not get constant stimulation from the muscle.