Silicone implants are medical devices that are placed under the mammary gland or large chest muscles to increase or restore the volume of the breast. Breast implants can be used to reconstruct, augment, correct, lift or improve some imperfections, shape or contour of the chest.
For their production, medical silicone is used. Implants are subjected to prolonged tests to establish a reasonable guarantee of safety and effectiveness.
They consist of a silicone liner that can be textured or smooth and is filled with a cohesive silicone gel or physiological saline solution.
Implants are made in a wide range of sizes and projections to enable the desired optimal result to be achieved.
The implants are round or in the form of a drop – anatomical.
In general, circular implants increase the volume of the breast equally in the vertical and horizontal directions. The anatomical are designed to reflect the natural breast appearance profile with a larger volume at the bottom.
Increasing breasts with silicone implants today is the most commonly performed plastic surgery.
Every woman has her motivation to undergo such surgery.
During the preoperative consultation it is necessary to carefully consider the possibilities and choose implants that reflect the specific individuality. The plastic surgeon plays an important role in choosing the most appropriate implants, taking into account the individual features of each patient.
The implant may be placed partially below or above the large chest muscles, depending on the thickness of the tissues and their ability to adequately cover the breast implant. Oily tissue, which is part of the structure of the female breast, gives the form and sensation of softness when touched.
There are not two women with the same body as there are no two breasts that are exactly the same, even if they belong to the same woman. Breast augmentation is both art and science.
Any woman who intends to undergo a breast augmentation surgery with silicone implants may ask some of the following questions:
Is there an alternative to breast augmentation?
Although implants remain the most popular technique for breast augmentation, an option for breast enlargement with fat can be considered. The method is a surgical technique in which liposuction is taken from the donor’s fat (usually the abdomen and thighs where it is in excess), is purified and then injected into the chest.
Increasing breasts with fat affects some of the risks associated with implants, including capsular contracture. However, achieving the desired size is limited by the amount of transplanted own adipose tissue and usually the finishing results are finer.
If you want to undergo an aesthetic liposuction surgery, you could inject excess fat into your chest and achieve a certain volume. This is a cost-effective way to achieve two results at the same time.
What happens if the woman changes her mind?
Breast implants should be seen as a long-term investment, but the minds and bodies of women change over time. There are surgical options, if desired, the silicone implants are removed and the breasts shaped in a way that meets individual needs.
Is breast augmentation surgery safe with silicone implants?
This operation requires careful preliminary health research, which is of great importance for the overall success of the procedure. The post-operative condition requires a rest period of 5 to 10 days without too much effort and exercise. It is necessary to wear a special bra that potentiates the effect of the operation. An important element in the overall process is compliance with the prescriptions of the plastic surgeon.
Can Silicone Implants Cause Allergies or Health Risks?
Breast implants have been tested for biocompatibility. Each operation is accompanied by known risks for which the patient is informed during the consultation.
How to choose the most suitable implants?
The plastic surgeon, during the consultative review, commented with the patient on the size and type of implants that would best fit the specific profile. There are different models and sizes of breast silicone implants, but it is very important to choose the one that offers the best aesthetic results while providing the greatest comfort and safety.
What is the lifetime of implants?
There is no fixed life expectancy.
At what age can breast implants be placed?
Breast development ends at the end of puberty. However, it is advisable to wait with the planned procedure at least 18 years of age. It is important to wait not only for the completion of physiological growth but also for reaching psychological maturity. If there is evidence to implant 18 years ago, then the legal guardian needs permission.
Does the sensitivity of the breast change after surgery?
In general there is a decrease in the sensation of the nipple and the areola, or near the place where the implant is placed. In most cases this is a temporary phenomenon and extremely rarely final. Sensitivity returns in a few weeks.
How long after the operation is the result visible?
The result is visible immediately after surgery, but there is edema and the tissues are tense. These problems resolve at the latest by the third month. The final result can only be seen after the 6th month, until then the implants are fully positioned.
Is it true that medical devices can be placed on the market without a clinical assessment?
Clinical assessment is a regulatory requirement without which no medical device can be placed on the market and obtained a European quality certificate (CE mark).