Breast implantation

Breast Implantation: Understanding Your Options

Breast implantation, often referred to as “breast augmentation,” is a surgical procedure that uses implants to increase breast size and/or improve breast shape. It’s a popular choice for women seeking to:

  • Enhance breast size
  • Restore breast volume after weight loss or pregnancy
  • Correct breast asymmetry
  • Reconstruct breasts after mastectomy

 

Types of Breast Implants:

Silicone gel implants: These implants have a silicone shell filled with silicone gel, which feels similar to natural breast tissue.

Saline implants: These implants have a silicone shell filled with sterile saltwater solution, which feels less like natural tissue but may be preferable for some women due to safety concerns.

 

Implants also come in different:

  • Shapes: Round or teardrop (anatomical)
  • Surfaces: Smooth or textured (textured may reduce implant movement)
  • Profiles: Low, medium, or high (to project more or less)

The Breast Implantation Procedure:

Breast implantation is typically performed under general anesthesia and takes 1-2 hours. The surgeon makes an incision (under the breast, around the nipple, or in the armpit) and creates a pocket for the implant. The implant is then inserted and the incision is closed.

Risks and Complications:

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with breast implantation, including:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Implant rupture or leakage
  • Capsular contracture (hardening of scar tissue around the implant)
  • Changes in nipple sensation