Women’s interest in sizing and shaping their breasts is always high. Every time they look at the mirror, they want to feel better, more beautiful and more charming. And they begin to think about undergo breast augmentation surgery as they witness positive results of the operations other women have.
Breast augmentation procedure involves inserting breast implants behind the breast and/or chest muscle. This procedure can increase the volume of the breast of whom has a smaller size of breast possessed naturally or after a certain condition such as breastfeeding or major weight loss. Breast implant can also change the breast shape and create a better symmetry to the breasts if they are congenitally different in sizes or shapes.
Breast implant surgery is ideal for shaping women’s innate small or formless breasts. At the same time, it is preferable to uplift and enlarge the breasts that begin to sag after the middle age.
If you are thinking about a breast implant operation, you can find the answers to your questions about it in this article. But our main question is: What is the most accurate period of the year for a breast implant? Does it matter what season you’ve had surgery? Does it affect recovery?
After clarifying this issue, we will make a compilation of frequently asked questions.
What Is the Best Time of The Year for Breast Implant Surgery?
Although breast implant surgery can be performed at any time of the year, there are more preferred seasons when considering some reasons. The first of these reasons is the healing process until you see the final result. Although this process varies according to each woman, it usually takes 3-4 weeks. In some cases, post-operative effects, such as swelling and tenderness, persist for several months. During your recovery, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and an elastic bandage or support bra in order to minimize swelling and help the breasts as they heal.
Women may not prefer to show their breasts with a bikini or open clothing while they are in the recovery process. Addition to all of these, while healing your postoperative scars, you need also avoid the sun.
Therefore, considering this process, cold weather, closed clothing can make women feel better and prepared. For the women who have breast implant surgery in the winter season, the recovery process and surgeon controls would be more easily. In the summer, waiting for them a few months later, they will be fully healed and gaining the natural look of their breasts.
Are The Breast Implants Safe?
Although breast implant surgery is a very popular cosmetic procedure, it is, of course, a critical operation. The risks under anesthesia for each surgery are also valid for breast implant surgery. Ruptures are another risk for breast implant surgery. Ruptures may occur by a surgical error or rarely by the pressure exerted on the breast during a mammogram. The implications of a rupture may be a little different for the two types. Saline implant ruptures are easy to recognize. Silicone gel implant ruptures may notice more difficulty. Moreover, silicone gel breast implants contain platinum. Although some people feel that platinum could be harmful, the FDA says that studies have not found that it poses any risk in breast implants.
Minimizing risks is always possible by choosing a good clinical and experienced surgeon. Apart from the general surgical risks, some local complications, infections, leak symptoms, and asymmetry may occur. In some cases, the surgeon may need a second operation.
The important thing is to be aware of these risks and to discuss everything with your surgeon before surgery.
Can Breast Implants Cause Cancer?
The connection between the breast implant and cancer are always a topic to discuss. A discussion by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests that the breast implant can invite some form of cancer and a kind of lymphoma, BIA-ALCL. Despite these announcements, studies on this issue still continue. On the other hand, many women who have breast implants can maintain their normal and healthy lives without any cancer risk. In this respect, the relationship between the patient and the doctor is very important. You must share all the discomforts and symptoms you experience with your surgeon without significant negligence.
Is Breast Implant Illness Real?
The BIA-ALCL disease describing after the FDA’s warnings about breast implant surgery remains a mystery. Women with breast implants have a risk of having breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL. This condition is not breast cancer—it is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (cancer of the immune system).
Although the observation number of diseases is quite low, clinical studies continue to relieve women or to explain the risk of cancer of breast implants fully.
If we need to explain it, the BIA-ALCL usually occurs within the surrounding tissue, but it can spread to other parts of your body, including lymph nodes. The symptoms of this disease are:
• A permanent swelling or pain around your breast implant.
• Fluid collection around your breast implant
• Slowed wound healing
• A tuber at the bottom of your skin or a capsule contracture with thick scar tissue around the implant
• Change in breast shape, volume, or sensation
Do Breast Implants Last Forever?
Breast implants are not lifelong devices, and it is important to have them removed or renewed approximately every 10-15 years. In some cases, the outside shell of the implant collapses, and it causes the silicone to leak and the scar tissue around the implant to toughen. Therefore, it is important to be aware that your implants should be exchanged.
Do Breast Implants Affect Breastfeeding?
Although researches are limited, there have been no recent reports of clinical problems in infants of mothers with breast implants. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stated in 2001, indicating that the Committee on Drugs mentioned there was insufficient evidence to justify classifying breast implants as a contraindication to breastfeeding. However, breast augmentation procedures have the potential to affect the nerves and channels within the breast, impacting lactation. Breast implants below the muscle usually affect milk production less than implants above the muscle.
Clarifying this with your surgeon is important. If you have children or are planning to have a child, share this information with him/her. Based on this information, he or she will decide the placement of your implants.
How Are Breast Implants Placed?
Your surgeon will determine the type and location of the implant before surgery, depending on your needs, expectations, anatomy and the condition of your breasts. Your surgeon may place your breast implants in three different areas. Behind the mammary gland and in front of the muscle, under the pectoralis major muscle and behind the chest muscle wall.
All of these placements can refer to some advantages and disadvantages in some particular cases. But with a proper examination of your surgeon, you will have your breast implants in the most accurate place on your breast.
Which Breast Implants Feel More Natural?
There are two breast implant types basically: Silicone and saline. Generally speaking, silicone breast implants are ideal for getting the most natural look and feel due to the viscous structure. They are soft and give natural feel not only when you look at them but also when you touch them.
Saline implants, on the other hand, are filled with sterile saline. Most of the surgeons consider it safer in some cases, such as rupture. However, the risks such as the displacement of the liquid they contain may cause asymmetry, and they are a bit more far from naturalness with the feeling of water bubble.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in March 2019.