Making the decision to undergo a breast augmentation surgery is only the first step in the cosmetic surgery journey. There are many additional decisions patients will need to make, including the shape, size, and type of implant.
There are two types of implants, silicone and saline. Dr. Hricko’s practice offers both types, because saline and silicone have mutually exclusive advantages that make one or the other more suitable for specific goals and preferences. The fundamental difference between these two types of breast implants is that saline implants contain a sterile solution of water and salt, while silicone implants contain a more dense silicone gel. After extensive testing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that both saline and silicone implants are safe for use.
Saline is a mixture of water and salt placed inside a silicone shell at the time of surgery. A saline implant requires a small incision because the shell is inserted into the breast area and then filled with saline once inside.
Silicone breast implants are made with synthetic polymers. Polymers are thick and sticky, and placed in a silicone shell that closely resembles the feel of human fat. The incision for a silicone implant is larger than the incision for a saline implant because the silicone implant is filled before insertion into the body.
Whichever implant you choose Dr. Hricko a board certified plastic surgeon will guide you through your journey to ensure an optimal outcome.