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San Antonio Cosmetic SurgeryIntroduction to Saline Implants

It’s important to know as much as you can before undergoing a procedure like breast augmentation. Which is why knowing your breast implant options will help you and your surgeon choose the right option for your situation.

What Is A Saline Breast Implant?

A saline breast implant, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), consists of a silicone outer shell that is filled with a sterile, salt and water solution.

Saline implants are filled to the size determined by you and your doctor either before or during your breast augmentation procedure.

This provides two advantages over silicone implants: minor modifications to the implant size can be done during the surgery and saline implants can be inserted through a smaller incision.

Can I Choose Implants to Meet My Desired Cup Size?

It’s important to know that breast implant size does not correspond to bra cup sizes. Breast implants are instead measured by volume in cubic centimeters, or CC’s.

Approved Manufacturers and Procedures For Saline Implants


The FDA has approved saline implants for the following situations:

  • Breast augmentation procedures-for women 18 years and older
  • Breast reconstruction procedures-for women of any age
  • Breast surgery revisions

There are two approved manufacturers of saline implants in the United States: Allergan and Mentor.

There are three types of saline implants that are manufactured to give you and your doctor the most flexibility. The first is an implant that is filled through a valve during the procedure and adjustments to the saline volume can be done after the operation.

The second type is filled with a fixed amount of saline by your doctor at the time of the operation and no further adjustments are made. The third type is pre-filled by the manufacturer with a fixed amount of saline.

Be sure to discuss what you hope to gain from breast augmentation surgery. Your doctor will know which options will best suit your situation and goals.

If you’re interested in learning more about your breast augmentation or breast implant options, contact Dr. Delio Ortegon online, or at his San Antonio, Texas location.

Additional Source: BreastImplantSafety.org

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