Breast augmentation (“breast implants”) can be done for various reasons e.g. simply increasing the fullness and projection of the breasts or improving the breasts – hip balance. How the surgeons do it as well as other tips for patients doing breast implants have been included in this article.
Types of breast implants
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There are many kinds of breast implants available to choose from. Which one will be used during the procedure depends on the personal goals and expectations. On the market there can be found:
- Silicone breast implants – they are filled with silicone gel and therefore feel more like natural breast tissue. If they ever leak, they will not collapse. They are FDA – approved in women age 22+.
- Saline breast implants – they are filled with sterile salt water; in comparison with the silicone ones, if saline implants ever do break, they will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and later expelled by the body. Moreover, one needs to be 18 to get them.
- Form – stable breast implants, also referred to as gummy bear implants, contain firmer silicone gel inside so they are thicker and firmer. Their placement also does require a longer incision in the skin.
- Textured breast implants develop scar tissue which sticks to the implant what makes it less likely to move around.
- Smooth breast implants are designed to give the most natural movement.
How implants are inserted into the breast pocket
Of course some incisions have to be made to insert the implant into the breast pocket. Luckily, they are discreetly placed in inconspicuous places to minimize visible scarring; they can be made:
- along the areolar edge
- along the fold under the breasts
- in the armpit.
Further on, there are two methods to place the implant into the pocket: it can be placed either under the pectoral muscles or directly behind the breast tissue, above the pectoral muscles. The technique depends on the type of the implant, the patient’s visual goals as well as one’s body type.
What are the potential side effects of breast augmentation?
As it is a cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation does entail some potential consequences among which these can be found:
- allergic reaction
- poor scarring
- changes in nipple or breast sensation or tingling
- fluid accumulation
- wrinkling of the skin of the breast area
- scar tissue formation around the implant
- implant leakage or rupture.
Most often, they do not happen though.
What needs to be done before the procedure?
Naturally, one needs to discuss their expectations with the plastic surgeon. Furthermore, some other measures have to be taken:
- A doctor needs to measure all the necessary parameters of the breasts; for this reason photographs will also be taken.
- A blood test will be run soon before the surgery to ensure one’s good health and sufficient amount of clotting factors.
- For at least 2 weeks before the procedure no blood – thinning medicine like aspirin or ibuprofen cannot be taken – it increases the risk of a dangerous bleeding.
- One cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding for breast augmentation.
How to care for the breast implants after the surgery?
Right after getting the breast implants, the breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and a bandage/support bra to minimize swelling as well as support the healing of the tissue. Every recovery plan and specific care is discussed with a professional.