There are two basic types of breast implants approved for use today by the FDA: silicone and saline. Both feature a silicone shell, and the material within the shell is either silicone or saline.

Saline breast implants are available in a smooth or textured surface, a round or teardrop shape and with a high, medium or low profile. The shell is empty prior to surgery and is filled with a sterile salt water solution during the procedure.

On a thinner woman or a woman with thin skin, saline implants may appear to have more visible edges. If ruptured, saline implants will typically deflate within four hours.

Silicone breast implants are filled with a gel-like silicone which resists leakage due to its consistency. Silicone implants are also available with a choice of textures, shape & profiles. Silicone gel implants are generally considered to be softer to the touch and more natural looking than saline implants.

To find out more about the various breast implants available, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Donna Rich to set up a consultation at our Houston location.