Although breast augmentation is one of the most popular surgeries in the UK, there’s still considerable confusion about type of breast implants, including what size is the most appropriate and how often replacement is due, if at all. Here are a few common facts most people do not know about breast implants.
You May not need to replace them…
Generally, it is true that breast implants are not meant to be fitted as a “lifetime device.” That means that eventually, you will need to replace the implants. You might need to remove or replace a breast implant because it has been damaged or ruptured or because you are no longer happy with the appearance of your breasts. It used to be common knowledge that implants, particularly silicone implants, needed to be swapped out every 10 years.
That is not necessarily true, though. As long as you are happy with the appearance of your breasts and neither implant is leaking or ruptured, you can keep them for longer than 10 years. In some cases, women have had the same implants for up to 30 years. Depending on your age, your lifestyle, and the quality of the implant, you may then make your implants a lifetime alteration.
When it Comes to Breast Augmentation Size is not everything…
Whilst the unnatural look of the larger breast implants of the 1990’s seems to be a fad that has well and truly passed, it is the case that generally patients often opt for larger than appropriate implant size.
The truth is though that the shape of the implant and the material it is made from will also influence how your breasts look after surgery. It’s just not enough to keep pumping out larger breasts and expecting a natural and effective look. Another factor that influences the final from surgery how the implant is sited with reference to the breast muscles.
Popular Breast Sizing is actually reducing over time, mostly…
Popular implant size – The most popular size for breast implants is between 350 to 400 cc. For most patients, this would look like a small to a large C cup. In fact, all of the top 5 most popular sizes are between 350 to 500 cc. Popular implant type – silicone implants, have steadily been taking over the breast augmentation market.
They are a much more popular type of breast implant over saline. Incision location – While women have several different incision options, the inframammary incision is typical. In this option, the incision is placed in the skin under the breast. Other options include the periareolar (around the nipple) and the transaxillary (through the armpit). Its also worth remembering that weight gain occurs with breast implants.
It makes sense that the larger the size of the breast implants, the more weight a patient gains once they are inserted during surgery. However, the amount of weight gained with breast implants is not that significant. In an slight individual however, over time that weight may have “adjustment impacts” on the individuals frame.
Having Breast Augmentation will not stop you breastfeeding…
You don’t have to wait until you have had children and have finished breastfeeding to have breast augmentation. Your implants won’t prevent you from getting pregnant. Furthermore, they won’t cause any harm to the fetus. If you are planning on having children and breastfeeding in the future, it’s a good idea to mention that to your surgeon during your consultation. That way, he can position the incisions during the surgery in a way that reduces the likelihood of the milk ducts getting cut or otherwise interfered with. Putting the implants under the muscle can also make breastfeeding easier afterward. Depending on when you plan on getting pregnant and breastfeeding, it might be worth waiting to have breast surgery. Usually, breastfeeding and pregnancy change the size and shape of the breasts.
Do not believe anyone who tells you any cosmetic surgery is risk free…
There Are Risks Involved jus as there are with all surgeries, there are also risks associated with breast augmentation. It is important that patients are aware of these risks beforehand. Surgeons differ in their ability to explain and inform regarding these risks. Typically they include:
Infection -the probably of getting an infection is actually very rare. When present, signs may include swelling, redness, fever, and discomfort.
Bleeding – bleeding can occur in the implant pocket after augmentation. If this happens, then the implant will have to be surgically removed and the wound cleaned. Your plastic surgeon will take precautions during the surgery to minimise the risk of bleeding but it is not a risk that can be completely discounted make sure your contract accounts for any revision surgery.
Capsule contracture – this is hardening of the tissue surrounding the implant. It may be accompanied by pain and surgery may be needed to remove the scar capsule. This is a more prevalent breast augmentation risk affecting up to 35% of patients.
Asymmetry – in some cases, the implant may slip out of its intended position – leading to a disfigured shape. A further surgery is usually needed to correct this defect.
Deflation – implants – both saline and silicone – have been known to leak. This is usually due to a weakness in the valve area, incomplete inflation, or other factors. Implant leaks are not usually dangerous, but require to be replaced through surgery.
Dr J M England MBBS, Bsc (biomed)