Understand Your Choices: Silicone and Saline Breast Implants


Dr. Philip Richardson offers both saline and silicone breast implants at his Brisbane, Queensland plastic surgery practice. Depending on your aesthetic goals and particular needs, one type of breast implant may be better suited for your lifestyle than the other. During a personal, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Richardson, he will discuss your medical history, expectations, and desired appearance, and recommend the most effective approach to performing breast augmentation surgery, including which type of breast implant is most appropriate in your case.

Each type of breast implant has unique attributes, and it’s best to go over the pros and cons of both before deciding on which is right for you. To schedule a consultation regarding breast implants at our Brisbane practice serving the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane metropolitan areas, please contact the plastic surgery practice of Dr. Phil Richardson today.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are filled with a silicone gel that closely matches the feel and consistency of natural breast tissue. For this reason, it is preferred by many women over saline breast implants. Though there are some unique complications that can arise in rare instances, such as silicone leakage, and these potential risks should be taken into consideration, silicone breast implants have been proven to be both safe and effective.

The most common incision types for silicone breast implants are inframammary and areolar. At Brisbane Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, we employ both techniques:

  • The areolar incisions made on the cusp of where the areola meets the breast
  • The inframammary technique hides the incision beneath the breast fold and allows Dr. Richardson unparalleled access and precision when placing the implant

The type of incision that is best suited to your case can be determined during your consultation with our team.

Silicone breast implants are most commonly used to increase the size and enhance the shape of the breasts during breast augmentation surgery; however, they can also be used to augment sagging breasts during breast lift surgery for patients who wish to rejuvenate and enlarge the breasts simultaneously. Dr. Richardson can also replace saline implants or deteriorating silicone implants with new silicone implants in patients who have previously undergone breast augmentation and wish to undergo revisional breast surgery.

Saline Breast Implants

Our patients have diverse wishes, and we like to provide them with various options; as such, we are happy to offer saline breast implants to our Brisbane and Sunshine Coast area patients. These implants consist of a silicone outer shell filled with an inert saline solution.

It should be noted that saline implants can ripple beneath the skin and do not feel as natural as silicone implants because of the nature of the saline solution.

Learn More about Breast Implants

If you have questions regarding breast augmentation costbreast surgery recovery, or which type of breast implant would be best for you, we can answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. If you are considering breast implants, contact Brisbane Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery today.