Saline Implants

Saline breast implants have an outer shell made of silicone rubber, and are filled with a salt-water solution. Should the implant ever rupture, it is perfectly safe for the saline to be absorbed into the body. Since saline implants are filled after insertion, it is possible to place these implants through slightly smaller incisions than would be possible with silicone implants.

Saline implants are sometimes criticized for feeling  overly firm and unnatural. Depending on the patient, modern placement  techniques can be used to place the implant behind the pectoralis muscle. This  placement technique can help make saline implants feel more natural and limit any  visible rippling. In some plastic surgery patients, there are advantages  to placing the implant above the muscle. In selected candidates, Dr. Horowitz  may perform a “dual-plane” approach, which combines the advantages of both  techniques while limiting the negatives of each. This technique represents the  latest thinking from national breast  augmentation experts.

Both saline and silicone implants are now available that vary in the degree of projection for any given size.