Everyone's body is different. Even the smallest differences are important when it comes to selecting the right kind of breast implant, silicone gel or saline. Comprehensive measurements and an evaluation of your skin and breast tissue characteristics play a key role in determining what kind of implants fit your unique shape.
Silicone is a chemical compound made from silicon, the earth's second most common element, found in rocks, sand, and quartz, for instance, and used in lotions, soaps, processed foods, and many other everyday items. Silicone is used in both forms of breast implants, as it makes up the outside shell or pouch. Because silicone gel has a texture similar to that of breast tissue, silicone breast implants tend to have a more natural look and feel than saline implants.
Saline implants are the most frequently used implants in the U.S. They vary in shell surface (i.e. smooth or textured), volume, shell thickness, profile, shape (round or anatomical), as well as expandable implants. Most saline implants are single lumen, and are filled at the time of surgery.