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General Information about breast implants/augmentation


Update 10 August 2016

Breast implant is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries on the globe. According to the American Institute of Medicine, in 2013 only, more than 300,000 women had breast implant with saline or silicone implant and more than 100,000 breast cancer patients went through breast reconstruction after mastectomy. In the same year, around 23,500 had breast implant removal surgery. The procedure can change the shape, size, and the profile of your breasts. Because breasts develop until early 20s, the FDA requires that the candidate be at least 18 years old. In this write-up, we will look at the implant procedure, reason many women are looking for breast implant, the best candidate, what you should know, and risk and complications involved.

Breast Implant Procedure

Before breast implant, it is very important to talk with your surgeon. You are free to ask any question and also talk about your expectations. You may also be required to stop using some drugs some days or weeks before surgery.

You can get the implant done as an outpatient procedure or spend one night in the hospital. It only takes one to two hours. During the procedure, the surgeon can make a cut on the breasts, around the nipples, or under the arms depending on the type of implant being done, your body, and the enlargement required. The implant will be used to fill the cuts and later closed with surgical tape or sutures. During the procedure, the patient is under general anaesthesia.

Reasons Many Women are Going for Breast Implants

There are several reasons women are going for the procedure. Some of the reasons include the following:

Asymmetry- some women have different sized breasts. Although this is normal, it can lower one’s self-esteem and confidence. Breast implant has been found to be one of the best ways make them more symmetrical.

Breast cancer- many women look for breast implant after breast cancer surgery or following preventative mastectomy.

Increase breast size- one of the major reason women are looking for breast implant is to firm and increase the size of breasts. Small or sagging breasts have a lot of impact on one’s self-confidence and esteem. Women with small or sagging breasts go for breast implant to improve their self-esteem. According to the reports from American Institute of Medicine, several women sort breast implant after pregnancy and weight loss as the procedure can reshape and restore their sexy breasts.

Candidates for Breasts Implants

As stated earlier, the FDA requires breast implant to be performed on women above 18 years. Other requirements include the following:

You must be physically healthy

Your expectations should be realistic

Your breasts are too small, very saggy, or asymmetrical.

What you Should Know About Breast Implant

Statistics show that breast implant is not always a onetime procedure; many women who had breast implants with time require additional surgery. However, those who opt for implant removal do not get result in breast before surgery; the breasts may appear flat and droopy once the implant is removed.

Types of Breast Implant

The two major types of breast implant are:

Silicone implants- silicone gel is filled to firm and increase breast size. The best part with silicone gel is that your breasts will retain a natural feel and appearance and in case of leakage, the gel will remain in the implant shell and will not collapse. MRI or ultrasound screening is used to assess the condition of implants.

Saline implants- sterile salt water is used to fill. The disadvantage of saline implants is that in case of leakage, the implant will collapse. However, saline implants provide firmness, uniform shape, and are approved by the FDA.

Possible risks and complications

Although breast implant is safe procedure when done by a right surgeon, possible risks and complications include the following:

Bleeding and infection;


The implant may rupture;

Capsular contracture (the shrinkage of scar tissue around implant);

The implant may also become folded or creased;

Permanent or temporal change in nipple sensation.

However, with the right surgeon, such risks and complication can be avoided. Thus, it is vital to use a highly skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon. For example, you should look at the before and after implant gallery and also contact some of his or her patients.