Types of Breast Implants: A Comprehensive Guide to Breast Augmentation
Introduction to Breast Implants
Breast implants are a popular cosmetic procedure that enhances breast shape and size. This uses implants or the transfer of fat from other areas of the body. One of the essential decisions in the process is selecting the right type of implant for you. Here we look at the different types of implants available and their unique features.
Understanding Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is silicone or saline-filled pouches surgically inserted to augment the breasts. They come in various shapes, sizes, and either smooth or rough textures. Each type offers distinct advantages based on individual preferences and desired outcomes.
Types of Breast Augmentation
- Silicone gel implants - Silicone gel implants are known for their natural feel, filled with a cohesive gel. They are available in different types, sizes and outside shells.
- Gummy-bear implants - Gummy-bear implants are a newer type of silicone implant. They retain their shape even if the outer shell is damaged. They offer a teardrop shape, providing a more natural appearance, particularly for breast reconstruction.
- Saline implants - Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. Some are pre-filled and some are filled with saltwater when already inserted. They can be adjusted in size during surgery for those who require changes in symmetry. Structured saline implants feature an inner structure designed to maintain their shape and add support.
Outer Shells of Implants
Rough and smooth breast implants differ in their outer surface texture and have different advantages:
- Smooth implants have a soft surface, allowing them to move freely within the breast pocket. They generally feel more natural and have a lower risk of rippling.
- Rough implants have a slightly textured surface designed to lower the risk of capsular contracture. This is a rare complication where scar tissue forms around the implant. Textured implants also provide stability and reduce the chance of implant rotation. Surgeons may recommend one type over the other based on a patient's individual needs.
Choosing the Right Implant
Several factors should be considered when selecting the appropriate breast implant. These include the individual's body type, as certain implant types may complement specific body shapes. The location of the incision for implant placement is another aspect to consider. Gummy bear implants in particular require a larger incision which could be more visible. Other considerations include the desired size increase, lifestyle, and personal aesthetic preferences. For example, round implants are chosen for patients looking for a dramatic and lifted appearance. Alternatively, those looking for a natural look might prefer a smaller teardrop implant. A thorough consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon is crucial to making a fully informed decision.
Choosing the right type of breast implant is a crucial step in breast augmentation surgery. By understanding their options and individual factors, patients can achieve their desired aesthetic goals successfully. Acibadem has qualified plastic surgeons available for consultation who can create a personalised treatment plan. This ensures a safe and satisfactory outcome for the patient.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are silicone gel implants safe for breast augmentation?
Yes, silicone gel implants are safe and approved by regulatory authorities. Extensive research has shown their effectiveness and low risk of complications.
How long do breast implants typically last?
Breast implants are not lifetime devices and may require replacement over time. However, modern implants are designed to be durable and long-lasting.
Can breast implants affect breastfeeding?
Breast implants should not significantly interfere with breastfeeding. However, some women may experience changes in nipple sensation.
What is capsular contracture, and how can it be prevented?
Capsular contracture is a rare complication where scar tissue hardens around the implant. It can be minimised by proper implant placement and diligent postoperative care.
What is the recovery period after breast augmentation surgery?
Recovery times vary, but most patients can resume normal activities within a few weeks. A qualified plastic surgeon will provide specific postoperative instructions.