Things to Know about Breast Implants

  Posted on July 1, 2013   Last updated on October 30, 2014 |   

We all know what breast augmentation is – it is the procedure that surgically enhances the breasts should the patient choose to go ahead and push through with the surgery. During consultation with a doctor, the patient will most likely find out about some things that are new. This article was written to save the patient some time.


Simply put, there are complications and risks that could come into play when undergoing any kind of surgery. Since breast augmentation is a procedure done purely for aesthetics, the patient can opt out should the risks be too high. These risks and complications only go higher if the patient has existing health issues and if the patient gets older.

Types of Breast Implants

Should the patient opt to continue with the augmentation, the doctor will then notify the patient of two different kinds of implants: the silicone and the saline implants.
Saline implants are used usually on females with a substantial amount of breast tissue. This is because the saline implants will be more obvious to the eye and to the touch should the breast tissue not reach the required amounts. The saline implants, however, have the ability to achieve a better aesthetic look and feel should the breast tissue requirements be met. Insertion of the saline implants makes use of a smaller incision because the sac is Silicone implants are the more popular counterpart of the saline implant. This type of implant needs a larger cut because it is pre-filled with silicone gel unlike its post-filled counterpart. The results of this usually gives firmer look for the breasts but can still feel natural. This type of implant is a much more viable option for the slender women or the smaller-breasted women as the implant can go undetected by look and touch.

Of course, not everything is towards the positive side when undergoing surgery. There can be minor setbacks such as leakage, hematoma and poor scarring.
Leakage occurs when the implant bursts inside the breasts. This is usually due to the age of the implant or the shape. Although no poisoning can occur because of the leakage, the fillers can spread to different parts of the body.
Hematoma is post-surgery bleeding. It is not dangerous but it will show. It will look like a bruise in the affected area but you will not feel it. Poor scarring has most to do with the healing abilities of the patient.

Special Cases
A definite special case is when the female undergoing the breast augmentation will need or still needs to breastfeed. In these cases, the plastic surgeon will most likely need to modify the size of the implants, the point of insertion and the positioning within the breasts so that the lactating glands are not hit or clogged. Also, the patient will need to approach a lactating consultant for this specific case.

Popular Reasons

The most popular reasons for wanting breast surgery done ranges from psychological to reconstruction.
The psychological factor is when the female feels insecure about her body or when she is teased about the size of her breasts. These cases when the insecurity becomes too severe and the confidence, outlook and overall temperament of the female is affected is when breast augmentation may come in handy. To go to the other extreme, there are females out there who are professional bodybuilders. In this sport, the female trades the feminine physique for a muscular build – something the society does not always recognize as beautiful. There are some bodybuilders who have approached plastic surgeons to gain a more feminine form to their liking.
Reconstruction is when the breast has been affected by several factors and breast augmentation becomes the only solution to regaining the figure an individual had before. Some of these cases come from individuals who underwent a mastectomy or when the individual has been in an accident among other reasons.

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