Implant Types

Silicone or Saline?

One of the main decisions you will make during the Chicago breast augmentation process, is in selecting the type of implant you want to use. There are two options to choose from that are FDA-approved and safe to use. They are Silicone or Saline and both have their own advantages and disadvantages.


Silicone breast implants feel the closest to natural breast tissue. They come pre filled with a silicone gel in a variety of shapes and sizes. With silicone implants, you will have to pick an implant size to be inserted into the breast. Silicone implants are FDA-approved for patients 22 years or older and have a very low risk of breast skin rippling, compared to saline implants.


Saline implants are very different than silicone implants. They are filled with a salt water solution after being implanted into the breast. This saltwater solution is similar to the “natural” fluids found within the body. Saline implants do not feel like normal breast tissue, instead, they are harder to the touch than their silicone counterparts. The surgeon will help guide you to select the appropriate size that is ideal for the goals and outcomes you are looking for. Unlike silicone implants, saline implants have few health risks and are FDA approved for patients 18 years or older. With saline implants, there are no signs of health problems in the rare case that they rupture or leak into the body.