Breast Augmentation is an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure all over the world with millions of surgeries being performed every year. In 2012, more than 300,000 women in the United States opted to have their breasts surgically enhanced, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, with the number exceeding 1.5 million worldwide. Breast Augmentation enhances a female breast profile by placing artificial implants between the breast tissues.
Results of breast augmentation surgery depend directly on the breast implants that you have to live with for the rest of your life. Besides enhancing the size and shape of the breasts, implants can also be used to reconstruct the breasts after mastectomy or lumpectomy. In this article you will get to know all that any prospective candidate must know to get the most out of a breast augmentation or breast reconstruction surgery.
Types of Breast Implants:
There are two general types of breast implants available all over the world namely Silicone Implants and Saline Implants. Both consist of a flexible silicone outer shell. What makes them different from each other is the fluid inside them. The former are filled with silicone gel, whereas the latter are filled with a saline solution (sterile salt and water mixture).
Another major difference between these two is that silicone gel implants come prefilled while saline implants are filled after inserting them inside the breasts. This means the latter will need a relatively smaller incision for insertion in breasts as compared to the former.
Which implants are better?
No breast implant could be rated exclusively superior to the other one. Each type of breast implant has its pros and cons that you must consider before making a decision about which one will suit you more.
- Ruptures and leaks:
Rupture and leakage are the two risks that are associated with both types of implants; however, implications of rupture are somewhat different for either type. A saline implant leakage or rupture is easy to spot since it causes your breasts to change its shape quite quickly. In addition, all that leaks out of the implant is salt and water solution that can be safely absorbed by your body and ultimately expelled out of the body.
- A silicone implant rupture, on the other hand, is not that simple and harmless. A silicone implant rupture is often termed as silent rupture since it is difficult to notice since the silicone gel that leaks out of the implant stays in your body for quite long and once it leaks out of breasts it can spread into distant lymph nodes.
- Aesthetic results:
When it comes to aesthetic results, silicone implants look and feel more natural as compared to saline implants. Both women and plastic surgeons believe that silicone implants, even when out of body, feel more like real breast tissues, courtesy higher consistency of silicone gel filled in these implants.
- Surgical differences:
As stated above, silicone implants come pre-filled whereas saline implants are filled after they have been implanted; therefore they require a small incision as compared to silicone implants. Furthermore, the FDA-approved age for saline implants is 18 years and above, while silicone implants are approved for women 22 and above.
Risks associated with breast implants:
When performed by a skilled and experienced board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon, breast augmentation rarely causes any serious side effects. However, like any other surgery there are some risks and complications associated with it and some of these risks are posed by the breast implants. Therefore, for a successful surgery and an uneventful recovery it is very important that you know about the risks and complications that the breast implants can pose.
- You may need further surgeries:
If you have undergone breast augmentation or breast reconstruction with breast implants, you may need one or more surgeries in future. Most of the times the second surgery performed is to remove or replace the implant because it has ruptured or started to leak. However, there are several other problems as well that may be the reason behind further surgeries. For example, sometimes either your breasts or the implants change their shape over time, or the tissues around the implants start contracting causing a condition known as capsular contracture.
- You may lose sensation in breasts:
Sometimes breast implants also cause a loss of sensation in the nipples and/or breasts. You may also experience pain and discomfort due to the presence of implants in your breasts.
- Breastfeeding may not be possible:
Most of the women breastfeed their babies with implants; however, some women lose their nursing abilities after undergoing breast surgeries.
Visible scarring and wrinkling are also possible complications after breast implant surgery.
Which implants will be suitable for you?
If you are indecisive about whether you should get implants or not, book a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon and he will guide you in the best way. Only your doctor can best decide whether you are candidate for breast implants and which implants will be suitable for you.
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