Breast Implant Types

  • Types of Breast Implants Breast implants can either be filled with saline (salt water) or silicone gel (a synthetic material). All breast implants have an outer envelope made of silicone. This envelope can be “smooth” or “textured.” There are many reasons why some women prefer different types of implants.
  • Should I Get Silicone or Saline Implants?  All breast implants have risks. The most common is when the breast gets hard and painful, known as capsular contracture. Many women with implants have that problem after a few years, but it appears to be more common with silicone gel breast implants than saline implants.