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What Are My Saline Breast Implant Options?

Saline implants are one option patients have when planning their breast augmentation. Saline breast implants are FDA-approved for patients 18 years of age or older.

Saline breast implants have been a popular choice among women for decades. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and many of our Saratoga Springs and Albany/Capital District Region patients opt for these types of implants. Saline breast implants made by Mentor® and Allergan® are filled with sterile water directly from an IV bag to prevent contamination. This means that, if an implant were to leak or rupture, the saltwater solution would be absorbed by the body. If the saline implant were to deflate, it’s an obvious “flat tire” and the patient can get help quickly. Saline implants come in both “smooth” and “textured” varieties. One of the benefits of saline implants is the fact that, when compared to silicone implants, a smaller incision is typically necessary since the implant is placed in the pocket partially filled, and then completely inflated when in position beneath the muscle; therefore, scarring is generally minimal. However, one of the potential drawbacks of saline breast implants is the possibility that a “rippling” appearance may occur and show through the skin. So saline implants are often a better choice for women who have some degree of their own breast tissue and wish to be larger—like those with a B or C natural cup size who want to upsize. Women with completely flat chests with no breast volume should consider a “gummy bear” gel implant, instead of saline, to get a more natural feeling and looking result.

The IDEAL IMPLANT® is another popular choice amongst our patients. These implants are created with two capsules of saline (sterile salt water)—one inside the other—and a system of internal baffle shells located between them to provide additional structure. This inner structure can create a more natural fit and feel. The IDEAL IMPLANT® is currently available only in a smooth version, which can create a very soft feeling. But because of their more involved manufacturing process, these implants cost twice as much as regular saline, which makes having a breast augmentation with “IDEAL” more expensive.

At Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, we offer Natrelle®, Mentor®, and the IDEAL IMPLANT® saline implant options. Dr. Yarinsky also offers a full range of Gel filled implants such as Sientra’s “Gummy Bear”. To discover which can best achieve your desired appearance, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Yarinsky today. You can also contact our office to ask any questions you might have about breast implants.