Augmentation with breast implants is probably the most popular aesthetic surgery in the world. Last year’s ISAPS statistics show that more than 1,800,000 surgeries have taken place worldwide. Although such interventions are quite popular, there are some questions that some women are reluctant to ask their doctor. Plastic surgeon Dr Tsakonis and his colleagues are always beside you to solve your every question. Below you will find eight of the most common questions you most likely will have if you are considering a breast augmentation surgery.
Are there various breast implants already?
Breast implants are of various kinds and are available in various sizes, shapes and materials. In order to make the choice that suits your case, it must naturally be done in full consultation with a skilled expert plastic. There are silicone gel implants that allow for a very natural feel. Another option is breast plastic with saline implants containing sterile sea water. In addition, new types of breast implants have been created, such as “Gummy Bear”, which, even if fractured, retain their shape.
How long do breast implants have?
Most silicone breast implants, although not designed to last for life, have a long life span. Some guidelines given by companies indicate that implants should be replaced about every 10 years. Because every organization is changing over time, several women are reviewing. If you feel something unnatural in the implant, you should tell your doctor immediately, because there may be a need to remove it.
Can implants hurt me?
Like any surgery, breast augmentation requires a necessary recovery period. During this time, you may feel some inconvenience or pain, some swelling and bruising. These kinds of symptoms can be smoothed out with specific medications that your plastic surgeon will prescribe. After this period, the implants will not cause further discomfort.
In addition, in some cases there is a possibility of some minor undesirable side effects. These may include some back pain as the muscles of your body will not get used to your new bigger chest. A further undesirable side effect may be the extension of your skin, although it is quite rare.
What is the ideal implant size?
The answer to this question depends on many factors. An important role is played by the body shape of each woman, but also what she wants as a result. Before you go to surgery, you need to have a lot of talk with your plastic surgeon so you can safely reach exactly what you want. Several plastics have even special software on a computer to see exactly how you look with different sizes and implant shapes.
Can I continue breastfeeding?
Surely no one can rule out the case of being unable to breastfeed after prosthetic breasts. Basically, most women can continue breastfeeding successfully after some time. One more reasonable question for most women is whether implants will affect the quality of breast milk. It has been observed that silicone and saline implants do not appear to cause changes in the composition and quality of the milk.
Is there a risk of cancer?
Several women are worried that implants can cause breast cancer. Although there is no connection between implants and breast cancer, there is a low probability that textured implants contribute to growth (ALCL), i.e., regenerative cell lymphoma. Of course this can be avoided if the plastic surgeon follows all the necessary sterilization procedures. Frequent monitoring should then be performed and a specific antibiotic administered to kill any potential bacteria.
Implants are likely to cause some complications during your mammogram. You may need to do some MRI or an ultrasound to get a full picture of your breasts condition.
What happens if the implant dissolves?
This depends directly on the type of each implant. If it concerns saline implants, then you will understand it immediately because the breast will deflate. This is also the main reason you use sterile saline solution. Your organization can process it and then run it