Augmenting the Breasts with Implants
The breast augmentation procedure, a fairly common cosmetic surgery, involves the placement of a selected type of breast implant with the objective of enhancing the fullness of the breasts while also improving symmetry and restoring lost volume. Several women choose a breast augmentation procedure after pregnancy, extreme weight loss, or when dealing with increasing age.
The clinical term for breast augmentation is augmentation mammoplasty. The main advantages of this procedure are as follows:
• It enhances the projection and fullness of the breasts.
• It makes your figure look more proportionate.
• It helps in boosting your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Breast implants are prosthetic devices strategically placed inside your breasts for augmenting and creating a more youthful breast structure. There are essentially two kinds of breast implants: silicone and saline. Silicone breast implants are filled with a silicone gel, and saline breast implants contain sterile saltwater.
Silicone-Gel Breast Implants
A lot of women report that silicone implants tend to feel more natural and more similar to natural breasts. In case of leakage, the silicone gel often stays within the shell of the implant. It could also find its way into the implant pocket. It is important to understand that a leaking silicone gel breast implant does not collapse. The FDA has approved the use of silicone breast implants for breast augmentation for women who are 22 years of age or older.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are also utilized for the breast augmentation procedure and contain sterile saltwater. In the case of a rupture, the saline breast implant is likely to collapse. The sterile saltwater will get absorbed by the body and will be eliminated through the natural expulsion process.
These breast implants can offer firmness and a uniform shape to the breasts. The FDA has approved the use of saline breast implants for women who are 18 years of age and older.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Patients of breast augmentation surgery are usually given a choice between local and general anesthesia. In most breast augmentation surgeries, general anesthesia is administered. The surgeon typically discusses the anesthesia and incision options with the patient prior to surgery.
Each type of incision is suited for different patients depending on the desired outcome. There are basically three types of incisions that can be made in a breast augmentation procedure. These are the inframammary incision, the periareolar incision, and the transaxillary incision.
Once the surgeon makes the incision, the breast implants are inserted through it into the breast pocket. There are two options for positioning the breast implant in relation to the pectoral muscle:
• On top of the pectoral muscle (just behind the natural breast tissue)
• Beneath the pectoral muscle (referred to as submuscular placement)
The surgeon usually selects the method of insertion and positioning of breast implants based on the implant type, the patient’s body type, and the extent of fullness desired by the patient. In the final step, the surgeon closes up the incisions using layered sutures.
Schedule Your Informative Consultation
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