Saline Vs. Silicone Breast Implants in New Orleans

Speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon when deciding between saline and silicone breast implants in New Orleans. Contact Dr. Suma Maddox to learn more.

When considering breast augmentation, you’re likely wondering, “Is it better to get saline or silicone implants?”

The truth is that both have benefits and challenges. The “better” option is the one that fits your unique needs and body aesthetic goals.

Female double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suma Maddox takes time to inform her patients and collaborate with you to build an individualized care plan.

To help you before your consultation with Dr. Maddox, we have created a guide to help you learn more about saline vs. silicone breast implants in New Orleans.

Silicone Implants in New Orleans

According to the National Library of Medicine, silicone breast implants are the most popular type of breast implant in America.

Silicone implants are made of a gel that is contained within a silicone outer shell. Silicone gel implants are available in various shapes and sizes and can be placed above or below the chest muscle.


Benefits of silicone implants

Some of the benefits of silicone implants include:

Natural Look and Feel: Silicone implants are known for mimicking the natural texture and movement of breast tissue, providing a more realistic appearance and feel.

Durability: Silicone implants tend to be more durable and less likely to ripple or wrinkle compared to saline implants, providing long-lasting results.

Variety of Shapes and Sizes: Silicone implants come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, allowing for more customization to achieve the desired breast shape and size.


Challenges of silicone implants

Some challenges of silicone implants include:

Monitoring for Silent Rupture: Silicone implants can have “silent ruptures,” where a rupture occurs without noticeable symptoms. Regular monitoring through imaging, such as Ultrasounds or MRI scans, is recommended to detect these issues.

Cost: Silicone implants tend to be more expensive upfront than saline implants, which may be a financial consideration for some patients.

Longer Incisions: Inserting silicone implants often requires longer incisions compared to saline implants, potentially leading to slightly more noticeable scarring.

Heavier Weight: Silicone implants are heavier than saline implants, which may contribute to a higher risk of sagging or discomfort over time.


How do silicone implants feel?

Silicone breast implants feel similar to natural breasts because of the viscosity of the gel used.

When you have your breast augmentation consultation, you’ll have the chance to feel the different types of implants available and judge the difference for yourself.


What is the aesthetic look of silicone implants?

Silicone breast implants mirror the aesthetic of natural breasts and are known for their natural shape and movement as well as their smooth surface.


How long do silicone implants last?

The average silicone breast implant can last 8-10 years. However, the FDA recommends the evaluation of your implants by a board-certified plastic surgeon five years after your procedure and regular examinations every 2-3 years after that.

Dr. Suma Maddox recommends that silicone implants should be replaced every 8-10 years to lessen the risk of rupture.


What is the cost of silicone implants?

Dr. Maddox’s average cost for a silicone breast implant procedure is dependent on your personal needs and the total cost can range from $10-15,000 (includes surgeon and facility). A customized quote for surgery can be developed after a complimentary consultation with Dr. Maddox. These rates are subject to change. Be sure to discuss comprehensive pricing with Dr. Maddox during your consultation.

Saline Implants in New Orleans

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, saline implants accounted for 16% of all breast augmentations in 2020.

Saline breast implants are made of a silicone shell filled with a sterile water solution. They’re usually inserted as empty shells, and then the saline solution is pumped into them once in place.


Benefits of saline implants

Some of the benefits of saline implants include:

Adjustability: Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution, allowing for adjustments in size post-surgery if needed without additional surgery.

Lower Cost: Saline implants are typically more affordable than silicone implants, making them a cost-effective option for some patients.

Safety in Case of Rupture: In the rare event of a rupture or leakage, saline is harmlessly absorbed by the body, providing peace of mind regarding implant safety.

Smaller Incisions: Saline implants can be inserted through smaller incisions compared to silicone implants, potentially resulting in less visible scarring.

Easier Detection of Rupture: It’s easier to detect a rupture or leakage in saline implants as the breast deflates, allowing for timely replacement if necessary.


Challenges of saline implants

Less Natural Feel: Some patients report that saline implants may feel less natural compared to silicone implants due to their liquid filling.

Potential for Deflation: Saline implants can deflate if they rupture, resulting in a noticeable change in breast size that requires prompt attention.

Monitoring for Leakage: Regular monitoring is required to detect any potential leakage or rupture, although saline is absorbed harmlessly by the body.


How do saline implants feel?

Saline breast implants typically feel firm to the touch. Some patients may describe the feel of saline implants as similar to a water balloon but not excessively so. While they may not provide the same level of softness and suppleness as silicone implants, their feel can still be aesthetically appealing to many individuals seeking breast augmentation.


What is the aesthetic look of saline implants?

The aesthetic look of saline breast implants is characterized by a full and rounded appearance. They can provide a noticeable increase in breast size and shape, enhancing one’s overall silhouette. However, saline implants may be more prone to visible rippling or wrinkling, especially in patients with thinner breast tissue. While they may not replicate the exact natural texture and movement of silicone implants, saline implants can still achieve a pleasing and balanced aesthetic when chosen carefully to complement the patient’s body proportions and desired outcome.


How long do saline implants last?

Unlike silicone implants, these implants do not need to be assessed or replaced in any specific time frame.


What is the cost of saline implants?

Dr. Maddox’s average cost for a saline breast implant procedure is $10-14,000. These rates are subject to change. Be sure to discuss comprehensive pricing with Dr. Maddox during your consultation.


Contact Dr. Suma Maddox to Learn More

If you’re trying to decide between saline or silicone breast implants in New Orleans, Dr. Suma Maddox can help you make an informed decision.

Dr. Maddox specializes in reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery in New Orleans and has years of training and professional experience.

Dr. Maddox brings warmth and empathy to the world of cosmetic surgery by focusing on creating a welcoming environment for her patients. By doing this, she empowers her patients to elevate their details while remaining true to who they are.

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