BREAST IMPLANTS: IMPORTANT DETAILS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GETTING ONE
A breast implant is a prosthetic material used to change the shape, size, and contour of the breast. Women usually opt for breast implants to make their breasts fuller and bigger. The surgical procedure involved is called breast augmentation or “boob job.” This surgery can be used to restore breast volume which was lost due to pregnancy or weight loss. The procedure is also used to improve breast size symmetry or achieve a more rounded breast shape.
Breast implants are also perfect for restoring the natural look of breasts after mastectomy. They are also used to correct deformities of the chest wall or congenital defects. Women that consider their breasts too small can use breast implants to enlarge the appearance of their breasts.
TYPES OF BREAST IMPLANTS
There are four general types. They are differentiated by their filler material. Each type is explained as follow:
1. Saline Breast Implants: This type has an elastomer silicone shell. This is filled with sterile saline solution. Some saline implants are pre-filled, while others are filled during the implant operation.
2. Silicone Breast Implants: This type has an elastomer silicone shell pre-filled with viscous silicone gel.
3. Structured Breast Implants: This is made of nested elastomer silicone shells and two saline-filled lumens.
4. Alternative Composition Breast Implants: This type is composed of miscellaneous fillers, such as polypropylene string or soy oil.
Please, note the following:
1. Although most women claim that silicone gel implants feel more like natural breasts, they actually pose a higher risk of rupturing and leaking.
2. The size of the implant varies. So, it is left to you to decide the size you want. Also, note that both silicone and saline have either textured or smooth shells.
3. Breasts usually develop until women reach their late teens or early 20s. Due to this, the US Food and Drug Administration mandates that women be at least 18 years old to get saline-filled implants and at least 22 years old to receive silicone implants.
RISKS AND POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS
At ChangeMeClinic, we always do our best to ensure our clients get the best possible results. However, we understand that every plastic surgery has its benefits and risks. The following are some of the risks and possible complications of having any of the implants discussed earlier.
1. The implant may rupture and leak: If saline implant is used, the body will safely absorb the saline. Usually, when a saline implant ruptures, it will deflate. If the implant is made of silicone, it may leak outside or stay inside the implant shell. In addition, the ruptured silicone breast implants may not cause any obvious symptoms. This prevents quick medical intervention.
2. Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma: This is a very rare cancer that results from breast implants. It generally affects the immune system. It is slow-moving cancer that is often treated by removing breast implants and scar tissue. This cancer may be linked to textured implants.
3. Breast asymmetry: The size and shape of the breast may end up being asymmetrical.
4. Scar tissue may form and become hardened around the area the implant is located.
5. You may experience changes in your nipple or breast sensation.
6. Other risks and complications include breast pain, bleeding, and infections
Are you planning to have breast implants to improve the shape of your breasts? Then, contact us today for a consultation. Our plastic surgeons are always eager to provide answers to your inquiries.