Summary: Are you faced with the difficulty of having to choose between saline or silicone breasts? Don’t worry too much. While silicone breast implants have skyrocketed recently in popularity, there are still plenty of reasons that women opt for saline breast implants instead. In fact, typically women choose saline breast implants for these four very clear benefits.

1. Affordability

The cost of your breast augmentation is based on a variety of factors, including your surgeon’s fee, anesthesiologist’s fee and any charge associated with the surgical facility. However, the price of the implants themselves is another factor that’s included in your total breast augmentation cost.

Though a big decision should never be based on how cheap a surgical procedure is, many women are happy to know that an affordable option for beautiful breast enhancement results exists within their price range. Breast augmentation using silicone implants tends to cost over $1,000 more than the average breast enlargement performed using saline breast implants.

2. Customized Placement and Results

What makes saline-filled breast implants unique compared to silicone is that they are not filled until after insertion. Your plastic surgeon inserts the empty implant shell first and only then fills the implant with a sterile saline solution. Because the filling happens post-insertion, the fit of the implant can be highly customized. This can be ideal for women with asymmetrical breasts, as it’s easy to adjust implant sizes for a balanced final outcome.

Another benefit of not having a pre-filled implant means your breast surgeon can control how much of the implant is being filled, ensuring a smooth, natural-looking augmentation. For women who prefer a more dramatic final result, many surgeons “overfill” saline implants to create a fuller breast shape. When the end implant size is controlled directly by your surgeon at the time of augmentation, there are more possibilities for custom-tailoring your outcome.

3. Smaller Incision, Smaller Scar

A pre-filled silicone implant tends to require a longer incision that can fit the implant’s larger dimensions. Saline breast implants, because they’re inserted empty, allow for a smaller incision, sometimes as short as 3 centimeters. In addition to being less noticeable, there are also more choices for incision placement when it comes to breast augmentation performed using saline breast implants.

During your breast augmentation consultation, your plastic surgeon will explain your options for incision placement. For saline implants, these can include choices that aren’t commonly used with silicone implants, like using a transaxillary incision that’s hidden in your underarm and leaves the breast surface itself completely scar-free.

It is important to note that despite the smaller incision, candidates absolutely must follow the same guidelines for a successful recovery from any type of breast augmentation procedure.

4. Problems Easily Detected

Although an implant leak or rupture doesn’t happen often, such an occurrence is more easily identifiable with saline breast implants. Saline implants deflate rapidly just like a water balloon as the harmless saline solution is absorbed by your body, and the quick change in breast appearance means you can move forward with addressing the issue that much more quickly. Silicone breast implants, on the other hand, are not as obvious when ruptured, and typically need the help of a plastic surgeon or an MRI (or both) to detect.

If you’re still not sure which breast implants are best for you, just remember that your plastic surgeon will go over all of potential factors during your consultation so you can make the most informed decision.