Living in the twenty-first century, one cannot deny the enormous medical advances that the world accomplished. While medicine is a dominant force and we started understanding some health issues and how they work; nobody can deny the power of ancient wellness rules and findings. Despite living in a medically advanced world, one should stay well and healthy at all time.
Among these medical findings are plastic surgeries.
History of Breast Implants Procedures.
Breast Implants go as far as 50 years back, when the first breast augmentation surgery has its debut on a mother of 6, in Texas. Her operation made her shift from a size B cup to a size C cup; and ever since, this type of plastic surgeries has been one of the top rated worldwide. Why that woman underwent this operation and why every woman is, leads back to the simple equation of self-esteem.
Ever since 1950, surgeons have been attempting to use different ways to increase breast size. They tried sponge implants; however, this method went down the drain as sponges were shrinking once inserted into the human body, and becoming as hard as baseballs.
Soon after, Silicon was attempted, during the post-war era when there was a fascination with anything that was plastic. Physicians used silicon material from Yokohama; however, this has led to the formation of nasty gangrene at the injecting site. The idea failed, and they kept looking for another alternative. Ever since they kept exploring new ways and different materials until they reached what we have now.
3 Facts about Breast Augmentation Surgeries.
Fact 1: Breast Augmentation is the most common kind of cosmetic surgery.
Fact 2: This surgery goes all the way back. Actually, by 1990, more than one million women underwent breast augmentation.
Fat 3: In 2006, the Silicon gel type of implants was first approved. At the time being, both saline and silicon-based breast implants are FDA approved.
Types of Breast Implants.
If you are planning for a breast augmentation procedure; then, here is what you should know. There are several types of surgeries depending on the material your surgeon will be using. Here they are:
1- Silicon Based Breast Implants that are filled with a Silicon-based gel,
2- Saline Breast Implants that are filled with sterile salt water,
3- Structured Saline Breast Implants that are filled with pure salt water but also have a structure,
4- Form Stable Implants or Gummy-Bear Breast Implants that are the same as the regular silicon-based breast implants; however, the consistency of the gel is thicker which will give the implants a firmer structure.
Your Implants could also come in different shapes and textures:
• Round Breast Implants are ones that are round in shape and offer you the more prominent and visible form of breast augmentation. They are round in shape, so your breasts will look the same from every angle of the chest.
• Structured Breast Implants that are soft implants, they are free moving within the implants pocket.
• Texturized Breast Implants that usually stuck to the scar tissue which will make them hard to move.
Breast Implants: what you need to know about Saline Implants.
If you are choosing saline implants; then you must be 18 years or older. These implants are approved for women that are within this age group. They are silicon pouches filled with sterile saline. While some physicians fill the bags before the surgery; others, prefer to place empty pouches and fill them during the procedure. The bags are smooth and come in many sizes.
Once surgically placed, these types of implants allow the possibility of changing the volume of the saline liquid. So, it will give you the option of changing the cup size after surgery; however, within a specific time frame. According to Dr. Jeremy White, if you have a thin skin, these implants could show some visible rippling making them, possibly, the wrong option for you. Saline Implants are FDA approved.
Breast Implants: what you need to know about Silicon Implants.
Silicone implants are approved for women that are older than 22 years. They are silicone pouches filled with silicone gel. Just like saline implants, silicone implants come in different sizes and have a smooth surface. This type of implants is more expensive than the saline one; however, they do look more natural and do not show any visible rippling around the breast area. So, if you are looking for a more natural look without having to worry about the rippling effect, silicone implants are the right choice for you.
Cost of Breast Implants Surgeries.
If you are thinking of undergoing a breast augmentation surgery; whether for improving your appearance or for medical reasons, then you should expect to pay anywhere around 3,700$ without the additional costs of anesthesia, facility fees, medical tests, surgeon fee and medications among many others.
Pros and Cons of Breast Implants.
Planning for a breast augmentation surgery sure has its positives and negatives. The positives of undergoing this type of cosmetic surgery are improving your looks by offering yourself better looking, fuller, even breasts. It will also boost your self-confidence while using a simple, fast and approved the procedure.
This kind of surgery might bring you some unwanted health issues and risks. One of the dangers you might encounter is having a recovery that could be painful with bruising and scaring as well as the possibility that your body would reject the implants, leaving you with more potential health issues.
From another angle, your implants could break over time leading to a distorted body image and go as far as requiring additional corrective surgeries. One of the most common issues faced by women undergoing breast augmentation surgeries is the loss of sensitivity which could interfere with sexual encounters and intimacy.
Finally, if you are planning on getting pregnant, you probably should know that 20% of women who have implants face problems during breastfeeding. There is still no connection between breastfeeding while having implants and any possible health risk on the breastfed child.
Your implants might get displaced.
Recovery from Breast Implants Surgery.
Following the procedure, you will be transferred to a recovery room for monitoring. The gauze dressing will cover your breasts, and you will be asked to wear a support bra. After an hour, you might be able to leave the facility to go home and rest.
While most doctors will give you an antibiotic before you go into surgery, some might prescribe it post-surgery along with some pain pills. The medicines are offered to prevent or maintain any possible infection. Some surgeons might ask you to keep the bandages on, while others might ask you to clean the wound and add some ointments. You might take up to 5 days before you can go back to your regular lifestyle. You should expect to feel sore and have swelling for many weeks after the surgery. The most important thing is that you need to follow your physician’s instructions carefully.
Be ready to have pain dominating the first few days post operation.
Maintenance after a Breast Implants Surgery.
When you decide to go for breast implants, you need to understand that with silicon-based ones, having a routine MRI and ultrasounds are recommended. A recent study showed that implants are having smooth spectrum, as compared to smooth and texturized ones, have minimal risks of rupture with a 1.1% risk over a period of 7 years as compared to 2-3% for smooth ones and 12% for texturized.
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