An Overview on Breast Implants


If you are among those thinking about getting breast implants, it is better if you do some research before taking action. A lot of women fall for the "before and after" pictures of breast implants in adverts on TV and online, but in reality the procedure is very difficult, expensive and lengthy. Therefore, this article will attempt to shed some light on breast implantation.

The medical devices implanted underneath breast tissues to increase the size of breasts are breast implants. Implantation may be for enhancement or reconstruction of the breast. Moreover, breast implants can be used to improve the outcome of initial surgery. Generally, there are two kinds of breast implants: saline-filled implants and silicone gel-filled implants. Both feature an outer shell made of silicone, with different implants differenting in size, hardness and shape.

Saline Breast Implants

For the women aged over 18 years, FDA approved saline breast implants are best for enhancement and reconstruction, regardless of age group. These implants have an external silicone shell packed with disinfected saline. Other features include the following:

• May be supplied unfilled (and filled during the implantation process) or supplied already filled

• Available in various sizes

• May have an or textured surface to their outer shells

• Can be positioned with integrated fill-in ports to allow postoperative correction of implant saline level

• Less expensive than products filled with silicone

• Implant rupture prompt detectable

• Potential visible implant wave on augmented breast's surface with slim breast tissue

Silicone Gel-filled Breast Implants

These FDA approved implants are suitable for enhancement in those aged 22 years or above and breastfeeding reconstruction for women of every group age. These implants consist of silicone gel within an external shell. Other features include the following:

• Available in different sizes

• May have an or textured surface to the outer shell

• More expensive than saline-filled implants

• Feel more natural than implants filled with saline

• Less visible rippling in sensitive augmentsations

• Can not be positioned using a transumbilical incision; it is, however, possible to implant them using transaxillary, periareolar and inframamary incisions

Potential Complications

Typically, complication rates are higher in breast reconstruction surgery compared to primary cosmetic surgical procedures. The following complications may occur after implant procedures:

• Hematoma: Blood clotting in the breast that frequently causes swelling and pain

• Wound infection: Generally because of Staphylococcus aureus from the lactiferous ducts, though also sometimes due to rarer pathogens like Clostridium perfringens, mycobacteria, Curvularia spp, Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger

• Seroma: A pocket of fluid collecting in the region of the implant

• Hypersensitive or hyposensitive breast

• Problems with lactation, including trouble breastfeeding feeding among 20 percent of women

• Displacement of implants

• Implant undulation

Aurchita Nandy