How to Choose between Saline Implants and Silicone Implants: Determining the “better” implant- between saline and silicone implants- is simply a matter of personal choice, although age does play a factor (the FDA mandates that patients who desire a silicone breast implants be at least 22 years of age before undergoing the procedure, while requiring saline breast implant patients to be only 18 years of age before undergoing the procedure) . Even though saline implants are filled with saline and the silicone implants are filled with silicone, the shells of both saline implants and silicone implants are made of silicone. Saline is basically sterilized salt water, which closely mimics the molecular structure and chemical properties of the liquid substance that makes up the majority of the human body and is, therefore, not harmful to the human body. Silicone is a polymer that is both heat-resistant and rubber-like, and can come in the form of a gel- the form used within silicone implants. Contrary to popular belief, there has been no study that has proved a serious, long-term effect to silicone breast implant ruptures; the only effect that silicone breast ruptures have been proved to produce are mild breast paints and/or discomfort. Aside from the fact that one implant is filled with saline and the other implant is filled with silicone, the main difference between saline implants and silicone implants is in how each looks and feels. While advantageously being easier on the wallet and requiring only a small incision during the Los Angeles Breast Augmentation procedure, the saline implant has unfortunately been associated with a hard consistency that does not feel like natural breast tissue and the greater potential for rippling to develop. However, these two downsides have been known to be remedied by inserting the saline implant behind the patient’s breast muscle (instead of over it) and slightly overfilling it. While the silicone breast implant will look and feel more like natural breasts than saline breast implants, they are more expensive, will require a larger incision during surgery, and in the case of rupture, will be harder to detect. Because silicone breast ruptures are harder to detect than a saline breast rupture, an MRI scan three years after the surgery, and every two years thereafter, is recommended. Even though there are many similarities and differences between the two types of implants used in breast augmentation and Los Angeles Breast Implant Revision procedures, both saline and silicone implants will be capable of producing the breast aesthetics that the patient desires. And so, the decision of whether to get saline implants or silicone implants will be made by determining how the patient wants her breasts to look and feel, understanding the patient’s personal convictions about saline vs. silicone, and of course, the patient’s age.