Females can get breasts enhancements / augmentation to make their breasts bigger and fuller. Breast enhancement is done for reconstructive purposes such as for breast cancer or for cosmetic reasons.
This article covers cosmetic breast enhancement and enlargement only. It discusses the types of breast implants available, the procedures used, and possible complications.
Saline or Silicone filled Breast Implants
Types of breast implants: saline and silicone.
Saline-filled implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline). Silicone-filled implants are silicon shells filled with a plastic gel (silicone). Although a lot of women say that silicone implants feel more like real breasts, they pose a potential risk of leakage. However, nowadays ‘Cohesive Gel’ implants are much safer than the earlier ones. Saline filled implants are more likely to leak than ‘cohesive Gel’ filled silicone implants.
Costs of Breast enhancement surgery
Cost of Breast enhancement surgery is determined by the location of the clinic or hospital, experience of the cosmetic surgeon and the type of implant used.
Performing a Breast enhancement / augmentation procedure
Breasts continue to develop until a woman reaches her early 20s, therefore FDA requires that women be at least 18 years of age to get breast augmentation with silicone breast implants.
When picking your doctor, look for one that has a lot of experience. You may have less difficulties later on if you choose a correct surgeon. Before breast implant procedure, you will meet with your surgeon for a medical evaluation. You can speak about what you need or what you would like and get opinions and responses from the doctor. The surgeon may ask you to stop taking certain medications a few days or weeks before your surgery.
You can get breast augmentation done as an outpatient procedure under local anaesthesia. The surgery takes 1 to 2 hours. At Vital Clinic we do this surgery totally under local anaesthesia by the ‘awake’ technique.
The surgeon will make a cut under your breasts or under your arms. The site of incision depends on your body, the type of implant and how much enlargement will be done. The surgeon will put the breast implant into a pocket above or below your chest muscle. After the implant is in place, the cosmetic surgeon will close the cuts with sutures which may be removable or self-dissolving.
Recovery After Breasts Implant
You’ll need to sit back for a few days after your breast augmentation surgery. You should not do any heavy lifting for approximately 6 weeks after getting your implants.
The doctor may also recommend pain medication for you. You will likely have some bloating in the area where the surgery was done. With time, the swelling should ease and the marks will fade.
Possible Difficulties or Issues
Although it is a cosmetic procedure, breast implant surgery can have risks, such as:
Breasts pain, changes in feeling or discomfort in the nipple and breasts, scar tissue developing in the area around the implant, bleeding or Infection.
Breasts implants are not made to last a lifetime. You may need to have the implants replaced if you have difficulties or if the size, shape and condition of your breasts changes over time.
Ladies who have silicone gel-filled implants will need to get an MRI scan three years after the implant surgery and then MRI tests about every 2 years to check for silent break. If your implants break, you will require to have them removed or replaced.