Is getting breast implants the right choice for me?
A breast enhancement procedure using silicone implants targets women with medium to small breasts, as well as women with breast atrophy or a less severe case of breast ptosis. Plenty of patients worry about the warranty of silicone implants and can usually make or break a patient’s decision to proceed with surgery. Under normal conditions, implants can last for the duration of the patient’s life. The average warranty is up to ten years, but it can be extended.
Before deciding to get implants, it is crucial for you to take into consideration all the potential risks and complications of the procedure. A safe way to determine if you are ready for a breast augmentation is to be aware, understand, and agree with all the details of the procedure that your surgeon must disclose to you. Knowing the complications that can occur after surgery is important as well.
It is also crucial to understand that if you are on a tight budget and won’t be able to afford a possible revision surgery, getting breast implants might not be the best choice for you. Even if you are happy with your results, there might be a need to remove or replace the implants due to complications such as implant rupture, infection, or capsular contracture.
Correcting mammary ptosis
Patients who have sagging breasts but also want to increase their cup size tend to get breast implants in the hope that both issues will be resolved at once. It is a misconception to think that adding extra volume on the breasts will correct sagging. In fact, it is contradictory. Using implants to correct sagging is only recommended for patients who have a mild breast ptosis. If the patient has a severe level of sagging, the right method is to perform a mastopexy before adding the implants. Otherwise, the breasts will only sag further.
Breast implants are suitable for young patients who want a bigger bust, but also recommended for women who have smaller breasts or suffer from mammary ptosis or atrophy caused by pregnancy, prior surgeries, or weight fluctuations. A good plastic surgeon will be able to select the shape and size of the implants according to the dimensions of the patient’s anatomy and her expectations and wishes from the procedure.
When a breast augmentation procedure is performed, the implants are positioned in pockets placed behind the mammary gland or the pectoral muscle. These do not necessarily affect the patient’s ability to breastfeed.
A breast augmentation procedure is also called augmentation mammoplasty and is without a doubt one of the most demanded plastic surgery procedures in the United States and all over the world.
Nowadays, implants have impressive mechanic resistance and made of high quality. Cohesive silicone gel implants provide firmness and a natural consistency to the breasts. The risk of silicone leaking is also minimal nowadays.
The implants are made of a resistant silicone capsule with a surface created especially to be sensitive to minimal reactions in the body. The inside of the capsule is made of cohesive silicone gel with a texture similar to natural breasts. This type of gel has a high elastic resistance that can be stretched up to five times without breaking.
Moreover, silicone gel implants do not present a risk for developing cancer and other illnesses. However, while the silicone gel implants are completely harmless to the body, the surgery itself may pose several possible complications.
The implants can be placed under the mammary gland or under the muscle. The incision site can be different depending on what you and your surgeon agreed on, whether in the inframammary fold, around the areola, or transaxillar. The most common is an inframammary incision, but the technique used, the placement, and the type of implant can be different from patient to patient.
Under normal conditions, the patient will have to spend 24 hours in the medical facility after surgery. At the same time, the surgeon can also work to correct breast ptosis, asymmetries, or other types of nipple malformations or defects.
The surgery can cause a certain level of pain, but the pain should subside after a few days with the help of prescribed medication. A bit of pressure on the chest area can also be experienced within the first week. After four days, bandages will be changed and the inflammation and bruises will diminish until they completely disappear.
Wearing a girdle is absolutely necessary for the first four weeks after the procedure. The patient is advised to walk during the first week, but to avoid difficult physical activities for at least four weeks, if not more. Avoid energetic massages or sudden movements to prevent implant displacement.
Breast implants, like any type of surgery, can come with complications. These include infection, excessive bleeding, the formation of seroma and hematoma, swelling, and bruises. Other complications specific to breast implants are capsular contracture, implant rupture, and implant migration.
Breast augmentation is a procedure that aims to help women become happy their breasts, whatever their age might be. Make sure to choose a good surgeon who can recommend the best size for you to ensure a safe and successful recovery.
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