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What is a breast implant?
It is a medical procedure scientifically known as "breast augmentation" and popularly referred to as "boob job." The surgical procedures aim to enhance your breast size, shape, and volume by placing breast implants or fats under your chest muscles or breast tissue. Breast implant material is made from silicone or saline, each having their unique features, by the end of this article hopefully you will have a better understanding which one suits you.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeon, these are some of the immediate benefits you will experience after breast implants:
- Increased volume and aesthetic appearance of your breast
- An enhanced balance of your breasts and hip contours
- Boost your self-esteem and confidence
With that being said, the 2 commonly known breast implants are:
- Saline Implants, these implants exterior shell is made from elastomer silicon, then filled with a saline solution which composite of saltwater liquid. Moreover, if these implants accidentally leak, your body will absorb it and naturally expel it.
- Silicone gel-filled implants, unlike saline, the exterior shell is made of silicone and filled with silicone gel. You should seek regular examination if you decided to opt for silicone gel implants to track the condition of the implant.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been investigating the possibility of a breast implant, causing some rare cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). The FDA believes it is a very low chance to get ALCL through breast implants. But more research is being conducted to grasp the correlation between ALCL and breast implants fully.
Who can get a breast implant?
A breast implant is an extremely personal procedure, if you decided to opt for it is essential to realize you are doing it for yourself, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeon patients tend to be more satisfied with the outcome of a breast implant if they willingly opted for the procedure themselves. For that reason, it is encouraged you invest some time reviewing breast implants to understand its complexity that will help you maintain a reasonable expectation and a smooth recovery.
Like any other surgical procedure, breast implant has certain criteria must be met to be an ideal candidate; you can help yourself by self-checking through this list:
- You must be mentally and physically well, not pregnant or breastfeeding
- Your breast is fully developed. Research indicates until the age of 21 your breast are still developing.
- You are unsatisfied with your breast because they are naturally small sized
- You are dissatisfied with your breast because they lost their shape and volume, or asymmetrical
However in some cases patients seek breast implant as part of a treatment they're receiving from breast cancer, a past study from University of Florida concludes breast implants has a profound impact on women's self-esteem and self-confidence.
How is it performed?
Prior to the procedure, your physician will discuss with you about your desired size, feel, and appearance of your breasts. After considering all these aspects, your doctor will suggest the type of implant he believes suits your preference, also the available options for surgical techniques to place the implants.Your doctor might prescribe some medication before your surgery. Also you might want to avoid some medication such as aspirin or similar drugs that causes the blood to thinner.
During the surgery, your surgeon may opt for local anesthesia, but in most cases, general anesthesia is applied, the surgery takes 1-2 hours. Your surgeon will choose an incision that suits your procedure based on the: size of the implant, and body anatomy. These are the 3 common incision areas to place implants:
- Under the breast
- Under the arm
- Around the nipple
Next, your surgeon will separate the breast tissue from the muscle creating a pocket, your surgeon will place the empty implants then fill it with saline solution, but if you opted for silicone implants, they are pre-filled with silicone gel and immediately placed. Once your implants are placed, your surgeon will suture the incision.
After the surgery, you will experience some sourness and swelling, which is normal at this stage. Follow your doctor instructions regarding which activities to avoid especially physically demanding activities until your recovery is completed.
How long does the breast implant last?
Due to its prosthetic nature breast implant does not have the aptitude to last a lifetime. According to (?) breast implant is estimated to last 7-10 years. With time you may need other procedures to restore the shape and size of your breast that changed over time, or some unplanned complications may arise like implants rupture. Also, as you age, lose, or gain weight, your breast will go through changes as well requiring additional surgeries if needed.
How much does it coast in Turkey compared to other countries?
The cost of breast augmentation surgery changes depending on several factors such as the geographical location of the hospital/clinic, the facility, the surgeon expertise, the type of anesthesia, and the type of incision. All these factors contribute to the actual cost of the procedure. For instance, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports the average cost of breast augmentation surgery is $3,824. Whereas in locations popularly known for medical tourism such as Turkey the same operation could cost almost 50 - 60% less. A recent comparative study published last year revealed Breast augmentation cost $3,000 - $4,000 in Turkey, whereas in the UK it cost $7,000 - $8,000
In the end, it is important to keep your expectations realistic. Of course, if the outcome is not favorable, you can consider more surgeries to tweak these issues. However, avoid falling to the trap of perfection.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in July 2019.