SouthPark & Ballantyne

Saline Implants in Charlotte

Every woman want to feel that her breasts fit her body. For some women, that perfect picture may be of small, firm breasts. For others, it might be a look of voluptuousness that fills out their natural curves. No matter what look you would like see, there is a type of breast implant that can transform your shape.

It’s Your Choice: Silicone or Saline Implants

Saline Implants

Choosing the right implant is a key to successful Breast Augmentation or breast enhancement surgery. Your body type and breast goals are personal and are not exactly like any other woman’s. Your surgeon at Criswell & Criswell will help guide you in your choices. Rest assured that any implant you choose in our practice is 100% FDA approved and all have been rigorously tested for safety. The breast implants we use today are the most studied medical devices in history, and the current style of saline implants have been approved since 2000.

Choosing your implant is a personal choice and you need to be comfortable with the implant you choose. That is why our surgeons at Criswell & Criswell have performed so many breast augmentations for our patients using the saline implant. The implant is filled with salt water (saline), which is very similar to natural body fluids. If the implant were ever to leak, the salt water is just absorbed by your body. The implant would then deflate, and you would come back in for a replacement. This is extremely rare, but the comfort of knowing that it is salt water makes this a good choice for some of our patients.

Another reason our patients have chosen saline implants is that the scar from the surgery is smaller than that from a silicone implant. Since the implant is placed into the breast pocket before it is inflated, it allows your surgeon to make a very small opening to place it (a little more than one inch).

And while implant choice is a personal one, made between you and your surgeon, there are disadvantages to using saline implants. These implants may not feel as natural as silicone implants and may tend to ripple or wrinkle more. Women who are fit with little body fat may find that saline implants show more than a gel implant would.

Saline implants are FDA approved for women between the ages of 18 and 21, while the silicone implants are currently only approved for women aged 22 and older. Depending on your surgical needs, the saline implants may also be less expensive than silicone gel.

Your Body, Your Choice

If you’re like most of our patients, at your consultation you will be excited to look at and try on different types of breast implants. The physicians and staff at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery have the knowledge and expertise to help you choose the best implant for your body and your goals. Feel free to call our email Darla, our Patient Care Coordinator to get more information and to schedule a complimentary appointment today.

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Our Office Locations

Please visit either of our two locations serving the Charlotte Metro Area


4310 Sharon Road, Suite V02, SouthPark, Charlotte, NC 28211

The Ballantyne Office

14835 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite 210, Charlotte, NC 28277