There are numerous surgeries that can be carried out on the breasts, the most common of which is breast implant surgery, also known as breast enlargement. Other available procedures include breast reduction surgery, and breast uplift surgery.
Having breasts that are asymmetrical, too small, too large or too droopy can have an adverse effect on a woman’s confidence and many women seek to rectify this by opting for surgery.
Commonly referred to as a ‘boob job’, breast implant surgery is the most carried out of cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK. Those who receive implants often report a boost in self confidence post surgery . Carried out to increase the size of a woman’s breasts or to correct asymmetry, implant surgery is something that should not be taken lightly. There are many things to be taken into consideration, such as the size and shape of breasts the woman wishes to achieve and which implants to use. Size matters, but it’s not the only thing to consider.
Firstly, there are two options: saline implants and silicone implants. The advantage of saline implants is that, should the implants rupture, the harmless saline solution can be absorbed and excreted by the body and there will be no ill effects. Saline implants still have an outer silicone shell, but are filled with a natural salt water solution once the implants are inserted. Saline implants tend to rupture or deflate at an earlier stage than other implants though.
Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel — a thick, sticky fluid that closely mimics the feel of human fat. Most women feel that silicone breast implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue and are much less likely to give a wrinkled appearance than saline.
Before deciding, it’s important to consider current breast size – because there must be enough existing breast tissue to cover the implant. If there isn’t much to spare, some implants may be too big. Chest and shoulder width is perhaps less important because modern implants come in different base widths so ladies are best opting for a size that suits their frame.
It can perhaps be difficult to choose the right size: being too conservative and may result in regret at not having chosen the bigger implants, and, conversely, going too large might lead unwanted attention and even back pain and sagging a few years down the road.
Contrary to popular belief, women who undergo breast implant surgery are not always wanting to increase their breast size – just as often surgery is undergone to correct proportion and symmetry. Plenty of women choose to have a breast augmentation to help them be the same size on both sides, and thanks to the plethora of choices in implant sizes, plastic surgeons can achieve amazingly symmetrical results by using different sized implants on each side, even if there was a significant size difference before.
German company Polytech offer over 1,500 different implants for aesthetic augmentation or breast reconstruction – this diversity of products is currently unique. Their state-of-the-art implants are characterized by the special non-liquid silicone gel and a multilayered, dense shell. The special consistency of the silicone gel makes the artificial breast resemble a natural breast in touch and movement and so are a great choice.
Saline and silicone breast implants pose similar risks, including scar tissue that distorts the shape of the breast implant (capsular contracture), breast pain, infection, changes in nipple and breast sensation, implant leakage or rupture.
Correcting any of these complications might require additional surgery, either to remove or replace the implants.
What factors should be considered before getting breast implants?
In addition to changing your appearance, it’s important to keep in mind that breast implants won’t prevent breasts from sagging – in order to correct sagging breasts, a breast lift might be necessary.
Breast implants aren’t guaranteed to last a lifetime, and rupture is a risk with all implants. As many as 20 percent of women who have breast implants need to have their implants removed within 8 to 10 years.
Perhaps most surprisingly, breasts will continue to change after augmentation — and certain factors, such as weight gain or weight loss, might further change the way the breasts look. Any of these issues might lead to additional surgery.
It’s also important to consider that mammograms might be more complicated after breast implants, requiring additional, specialized views, and that breast implants might hinder breast-feeding. Some women are able to successfully breast-feed after breast augmentation, while others aren’t.
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