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New Jersey Breast Augmentation – The Reconstruction Guide

Breast Augmentation With Implants

Breast reconstruction is unique among augmentation surgeries. Unlike conventional types of New Jersey breast augmentation, you may not have spent much time thinking about the various choices that come with getting implants such as model, size, and placement. Being suddenly faced with these decisions may feel overwhelming or confusing, which is what this guide is meant to help with. Please enjoy this information so that your breasts can be effectively and seamlessly restored.

Saline or Silicone

The two main types of implants used in New Jersey breast augmentation and reconstruction are saline or silicone gel. Saline is sterile saltwater solution and these implants are placed through a tiny incision, then filled during surgery. They can show rippling more easily in thin-skinned people with little breast tissue. Cohesive silicone gel is a gummy-like substance that holds its form well. This allows implants to be shaped to create a natural slope or round, and they are available in varying levels of projection. Silicone implants are less likely to show rippling and tend to move and feel more realistic to the touch. The incision required to place them tends to be slightly larger than that with saline.


Both saline and silicone implants can last for over a decade. The conventional wisdom of needing a replacement every ten years no longer applies to newer models. Most surgeons will, however, suggest that you get your implant checked every few years as a proactive measure. Although both silicone gel and saline implants are widely used in New Jersey breast augmentation and reconstruction, you may prefer a silicone gel model if your lifestyle is particularly active. Saline implants can withstand an impressive 175 pounds of pressure, but the modern silicone gel implant can take up to 300.

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Silicone gel and saline implants have similar safety profiles, which is to say that they are both extremely safe. You will not be harmed even in the event of a rupture. Saline is simply absorbed by the body (it is saltwater, after all) and silicone gel tends to just sit in place, especially if one of the newer “gummy bear” models is used. If silicone gel does spill out, it remains inert and gets cleaned up while the implant is replaced.

The most common complication from a New Jersey breast augmentation is capsular contracture, and even this is more a matter of discomfort than danger. In the rare cases that contracture develops, excessive scar tissue will form around the implant and make the area feel stiff and uncomfortable. It can be corrected through various approaches, depending on the severity. The risk of developing contracture is extremely low, but is anecdotally higher among silicone gel implants.

You will find surgeons and patients who advocate for one type of implant over the other, but the truth is that both silicone gel and saline implants can be used to successfully rebuild your breast and the choice is largely a matter of preference. Take advantage of the consultation period to ask your surgeon to see pictures of patients who have received both types of implants. You can use these past results to get a sense of how silicone and saline might look in your body.

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