Breast implant surgery is often performed to restore a mastectomy to a position that is more aesthetically pleasing. Women who have had a mastectomy are commonly left with drooping breasts that are saddled with a large amount of saggy skin. This is due to the skin losing elasticity as it stretches after the natural process of aging takes place in the body. The most common cosmetic surgery procedure to fix this is breast implant surgery.
When considering breast implant surgery, there are many factors to take into consideration. First of all, you need to consider the type of implant surgery that will be performed. Are you going to choose the submuscular or subglandular implants? Both options are actually able to work wonders if you are determined enough to make them work. However, what you will find is that the submuscular is the more popular of the two. Because it is not as invasive as the subglandular, women often opt for this breast implant surgery to restore their figures to the way they were before the deformities took place.
Before you are allowed to go ahead with the implant procedure however, it is best that you meet with your doctor. He or she will be able to tell you about your personal goals in regards to the size, shape, and firmness of your breasts. This includes the material that you will be choosing for the implants as well as the types of implants that you can have. Most doctors also allow you to choose your own surgeon as well.
The next step that your doctor will take you through is to determine the types of implants that you will be using. You can have either saline or silicone filled implants depending on your goals. Once again, the type of implant that you will receive will depend largely on your needs. If you do not have any immediate health concerns, then you may opt for a saline implant. In other words, these implants stay put throughout your pregnancy and may never leak or rupture because they are made of a water-based implant material.
Conversely, a silicone implant has a silicone shell surrounding a saline fluid. These implants are more rigid and often result in a tighter fit. However, since they have a silicone shell, they are less prone to leaking than saline implants. If you have some particular goals in mind regarding the size and shape of your implants, then you may want to have either the saline or silicone implant. Your surgeon will be able to guide you in this decision.
Before surgery is done, your doctor will discuss the possible side effects that you could experience. Normally these side effects include swelling, bruising, tenderness, pain, and itching at the site of the implant. Additionally, there may be infections that develop over time. Keep in mind, however, that these are only temporary and that they will subside after several months of rest. If you notice any serious side effects occurring, however, then your surgeon may have to perform another procedure to correct them.
Reza Nabavian MD – Cosmetic Surgeon
2001 Santa Monica Blvd #1180
Santa Monica, CA 90404