More commonly known as the Breast augmentation, the process in question is a surgical procedure designed to use an implantable medical device to accentuate female breasts. Contrary to popular belief this treatment is not permanent as realistic expectations need to be prioritized to educate patients that long-term presence of foreign material in the human body can lead to complications, which is why leading experts and researchers advocate the discussion of these points between a plastic surgeon and patient. Some of the points in this consultation should include:
- Studies reveal that breast augmentation is not a one-time deal. Since foreign materials are inserted in the body, patients with such implants can expect additional surgeries over the years to cope with shifting, hardening or leaking of the implants.
- Human muscles are a fascinating subject, as studies have revealed that a stretched muscle cannot revert to its original state. If for some reason an individual decides to remove breast implants, the breasts do not revert to their appearance before surgery. The tissue, as obvious by its state is stretched when an implant is placed under it and can appear droopy when the implant is removed.
- Persons with clinical, immunologic diseases that reduce the natural ability to combat infection should be cautious about going through this augmentation.
- The emotionally vulnerable patients might find it difficult to accept the recurring tweaking or in some cases additional surgeries accompanying breast augmentation.
- The Breast Augmentation is a cosmetic surgery, and any health insurance does not cover its expenses.
- A survey conducted by American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed that in 2007, the average physician fee for breast augmentation ranked up at $3,816, excluding additional surgical charges and implants.
Do these Implants have an effect on future Mammography?
In one word, yes but there is a medical reason as to why and how much this cosmetic surgery effects mammograms. Routine screening mammography is used to visualize breast tissue. It is also advised that females with a strong ancestral history of breast cancer or breast abnormalities must carefully consider this surgery.
Any cosmetic surgery is a highly personalized choice of what needs to be achieved, which is why the concept of ‘cosmetic surgery’ is hard to gauge. Thus any patient’s desires are most important, but these have to carefully regarded w.r.t her anatomy, including physical features, the position of her breasts, and tightness of the skin.
Experts at the Crispin Plastic Surgery remark that the tightness of skin along with the dimensions of the breast should be aligned with the patient’s body mass. A patient with tight skin cannot accommodate the increase in volume.
What is Mastopexy?
In situations where a patient is suffering from ‘dropping’ or ptosis, it needs to be addressed before the Breast Augmentation. Thus a medical surgery performed to rectify this ailment is known as ‘Mastopexy’ aka breast lift. It involves the repositioning of the areola and nipple tissue. Surgeons perform this surgery in combination with breast implants, which saves time, money and has more chances of leaving permanent scarring. On the contrary, separate options are available, but they end up costing more and require more healing time. However, on the upside, they offer better results along with less scarring.
Since we are on the subject of implants, we find it prudent to list down some the type of implants, which surgeons use for this purpose:
All modern breast implants have an outer shell constructed of silicone elastomer to contain the filling. Silicone is essentially a rubbery material and is used in various medical equipment as well as implants.
- Silicone Gel-Filled Implants- These Gel-filled implants contain polymerized silicone gel whose consistency bears an uncanny resemblance to a breast tissue, and as a result, they weigh, feel, and move like breast tissue. Known most commonly as a cohesive gel, this material tends to stay in place even if the shell of the implant is damaged.
- Textured Implants – These implants have a smooth or textured surface. It contributes to lower rates of implant rupture since the outer textured shell is thicker and can outlast its counterparts. The texture also stabilizes the implant in one position in the pocket.