Breast implants can be performed for a number of reasons including to enhance size and fullness, cosmetic reasons, or reconstructive reasons after cancer or a mastectomy. There are two types of implants: saline or silicone gel. Saline are silicone shells that are filed with a salt-water called saline. Silicone are silicone shells filled with a gel called silicone. There are pros and cons to both types. The most commonly discussed difference is that women popularly agree that silicone breast have a more real feel, however, they run the risk of leaking. The bottom line is that is a matter of preference when making this decision. Depending on the size, texture, insurance, or cosmetic nature, this surgery ranges between $5,000 and $10,000.
A person must be over the age of 18 to have their procedure performed. This is because a woman is still developing her breasts prior to this age and the FDA has enforced these requirements. A person must be at least 22 years old to have silicone implants. A person considering this surgery will meet with a surgeon and consult on what is the best approach or recommendation. Typically, the procedure will take one to two hours and can be impatient or outpatient. General anesthesia is normally administered. Depending on the procedure, a doctor will make incisions under the arm or breast and near the nipple, in order to insert the implant. Once the implant is in the place, the surgeon will close the incisions. Post- surgery, one is told to take it easy and to not lift anything heavy for at least 6 weeks. Drainage tubes may need to be worn for a couple days. Often times, pain medication is prescribed. Swelling will diminish and any scars will fade over time.
This surgery does have risks. Breast pain can become consistent. There may be visible scars. There can be changes in feelings to the nipple or breast area. Infection can occur. The implants may not be symmetrical. The implants can rupture and then leak. When a silicone implant ruptures, the body will absorb the fluid. When a silicone implant ruptures, the implant actually deflates.
Breast implants are not designed to last for the rest of a person’s life. They may have to be replaced over time. Silicone implants require a three-year checkup and an MRI at these visits to check for ruptures. Implants can also require special mammograms to be performed so that the x-ray can be done. They can also make breastfeeding more difficult. Receiving this surgery is a personal decision and the reasons vary. As with any surgery there are risks to consider, but plastic surgery can be life changing in many positive ways.