Choosing the Correct Type of Breast Implants for Breast Augmentation

The right choice of breast implants for breast augmentation is really a personal decision. Both types of implants are excellent and do achieve a natural look. There are, however, advantages and disadvantages to both implants that may influence your decision.

Silicone Gel Implants:


  • Natural feel – whether the implants are placed under the muscle or the breast tissue, these implants tend to have a more natural breast feel
  • Minimal rippling – due to the cohesive nature of the silicone gel, the outside of the implant ripples or wrinkles less which generally means that during movement, there is less visible wrinkling in the skin, especially in thin women or women with a small amount of breast tissue, this therefore gives a more natural appearance


  • More expensive – generally the cost of the implant is more expensive to buy than saline implants likely due to manufacturing costs
  • Quicker onset of capsule formation – regardless of the position of the implant, silicone implants do cause capsular contracture at a faster rate than saline implants, especially when put under the breast gland compared to under the muscle
  • Longer scar – because the implants come pre-filled to the desired size, the length of incision will increase the larger the implant

Saline Implants:


  • Capsule formation is delayed – this is compared to similar silicone gel implants placed in the same pocket, meaning fewer touch-up surgeries like capsulotomy (surgery to fix capsular contracture)
  • Shorter scar – the implant is introduced into the pocket as an empty shell and then filled with saline so the incision used can be very short
  • Lower cost – saline implants are cheaper than silicone gel implants
  • Saline is absorbed by the body during rupture – some women still feel uneasy about having silicone in their body despite a large amount of research in literature showing that silicone is safe, so if this is the case, then saline implants might be more suitable


  • Rippling – this implant is essentially a bag of water and even though it can be over-inflated, in thin women, rippling or wrinkling during movement or even at rest may be seen giving an unnatural look
  • Artificial feel – again this is essentially water in a silicone shell so it can feel unnatural compared to a normal breast
  • Rupture rate – saline implants do rupture more often than silicone implants with a rate of approximately 1% per year


  • Karyn Phillips
    Posted May 11, 2017 5:40 AM 0Likes

    Good morning,
    I would like the cost of a breast argumentation and lift.
    What is the time period or waiting list to get in for surgery?

    • londonplasticsurgery
      Posted May 13, 2017 3:44 PM 0Likes

      Hi Karyn,

      Thank you for commenting and your inquiry.

      The cost of a breast augmentation depends on the type of implant used and your individual concerns. The same can be said about the breast lift procedure.
      Please give our office a call 519-851-5430 at your earliest convenience and we would love to chat with you in more detail.

      Thank you and hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      London Plastic Surgery

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