No breast implant is perfect. All have their advantages and disadvantages. These should be discussed as they relate to you directly with our doctor during a formal consultation.
There are three main types:
- Silicone gel implants:- These are the most commonly used implants. They give a more natural look and feel.
- Saline-filled implant:- These consist of a silicone outer bag filled with a saltwater solution
- Double lumen implants:- These contain both silicone and saline in separate compartments
DOES SILICONE CAUSE BREAST CANCER OR PREVENT BREAST-FEEDING?
Major studies * around the world have shown there is no solid scientific connection between silicone breast implants and any disease, including cancer, and it does not interfere with breast-feeding.
* Source FDA US Food & Drug administration
WILL THE IMPLANT BE PLACED IN FRONT OR BEHIND THE MUSCLE?
Placement of the implant in front or behind the muscle is partly made by the doctor, how much breast tissue you have to cover the implant and the desired look one hopes to achieve. Factors that play an important role in the desired look include how much breast tissue you have to cover the implant, sports you play and implant selection. Implant placement can be either:
- Sub-glandular (behind the breast gland tissue, but in front of the muscle)
- Sub-muscular (behind the muscle and breast gland tissue)
- Dual plane (a combination of implant sitting behind the gland and muscle)
ARE THERE DIFFERENT SHAPES OF IMPLANTS AVAILABLE?
Implant selection plays an important role in achieving the desired breast shape and size. Implants vary in diameter base width, projection and contour shape. During your consultation, our doctor will go through all options and sizes available showing a series of before and after photos. Breast enlargement involves tailoring the breast shape and balancing the breast size with one’s height, width, shoulders and hips.
WHERE WILL THE INCISIONS BE PLACED?
Implant incisions can be placed in a number of locations and depends on the patient's breast anatomy and request. These options should be discussed in detail during the consultation. Different incisions include:
- Underneath the breast in the natural breast fold. This is the most commonly used approach because it accurately places the implant on the chest wall to achieve an excellent aesthetic result.
- Around the nipple
- Tranaxillary (through the armpit)
- Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA, through the belly button)
ARE THERE COMPLICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH BREAST ENLARGEMENT?
As with all surgery there are surgical risks and specific risks associated to breast-enlargement surgery. It is essential to discuss these risks at length during the consultation. The following lists not all, but the most common possible complications associated with breast-enlargement surgery. They are:
- Capsular contracture: A scar capsule that contracts around the implant
- Haematoma: A collection of blood around the implant
- Skin wrinkles and ripples: This may require changing the implant
- Leakage: Very rare due to the new age cohesive implants and requires changing of implant
- Implant rejection, infection and rupture: Requires implant removal
- Sensory changes: May occur to the breast and nipple sensation
- Rupture: If this occurs it is advised the implant be replaced
- Recall: Sometimes medical devices may have faults. The clinic only uses breast implants approved by the Australian Government and TGA.
DOES IT HURT AND WILL I REQUIRE DRAINS?
Generally patients experience more pain with implants placed behind the muscle. Placing the implant behind the muscle requires lifting and raising the muscle to place the implant under it. Pain and discomfort is controlled with medications and normally lasts three days, but varies with an individual’s pain threshold. Drains are used to collect excess blood and will be decided by our doctor before or during the operation.
WHEN CAN I RETURN TO WORK AND NORMAL ACTIVITIES?
Depending on placement of the implant (in front or behind the muscle) and one’s lifestyle, ladies can resume light activities within a few days. It is highly recommended to rest after surgery for at least seven days. Vigorous exercise can be resumed in four weeks.
WHAT IF I AM STILL UNCERTAIN AFTER THE CONSULTATION?
Always request another consultation if you have more questions. Do not feel pressured or embarrassed if you have more questions regarding size, shape placement and complications. Our team are more than happy to discuss things further.