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SALINE OR GEL IMPLANTS?

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GEL AND SALINE IMPLANTS?

The first implants developed were gel-filled. They performed well, but some developed surrounding scar, particularly when the shell broke. In response, manufacturers developed inflatable, saline-filled implants.

In general, gel-filled implants are thought to feel slightly more natural to touch. The down-side is that they require a slightly larger incision for placement, and when the shell breaks, they have a historically higher incidence of scar formation ( “getting hard”).

Saline-filled implants avoid the concerns with silicone gel and have traditionally had a lower incidence of scar formation ( “getting hard”). The criticism of saline implants has been a slightly more “wrinkly” feel.