What are breast implants? What are their different types?

Breast implants or breast mammoplasty is the chest construction wherein an implant is placed into the breast. Breast implants are usually done for breast augmentation in oncoplastic surgery (for breast cancer patients) and for aesthetic purposes.There are different types of implants with different shapes and surfaces to choose from like;

  • 1. Cohesive gel implants
  • 2. Highly cohesive gel implants (or gummy bear implants)
  • 3. Saline implants 
  • 4. Structured saline implants

Who needs to get Breast Implants?

Females older than 20 are eligible for breast transplants as the breast development continues in females till their teenage years or even early 20s. To be eligible for saline breast implants, a female must be at least 18 years old. According to FDA recommendations, a female should be at least 22 years old to be eligible to have silicone breast implants.

For a few decades, breast implant has been a top surgery for transgender women. It is beneficial for them in terms of reducing gender biasness and dysphoria. Also, it helps many transgender women feel more physically connected with their gender that they have self-affirmed.

Procedure many transgender women may undergo.

Why do people get breast implants?

Females are getting breast implants in large numbers according to various estimations due to following reasons:

  • 1. Women want to enhance their self-esteem.
  • 2. Women want to eliminate the disproportionately small size of the breasts- wherein a breast may be larger than others.
  • 3. To overcome the sudden loss in weight and diminish breast size
  • 4. To overcome the change in the shape of the breasts following pregnancy.
  • 5. If women had a mastectomy because of certain medical conditions and serious issues like breast cancer
  • 6. Eventually, to boost sex life.
  • 7. To better fit the clothes.
  • 8. To look younger than their age.

How common are breast implants?

The breast implant is one of the most frequently opted surgery among various aesthetic procedures. 

Procedure for a breast Implant

Precautions must be taken completely while the breast implants are removed from their packaging to minimize contamination risks with foreign agents or particulate matter before inserting them at their site. Breast Implants need to be kept in sterile conditions. Implants are placed in an antibiotic solution before making them ready for transplantation. 

Saline type of implants must be filled in closed systems wherein there is no exposure to the environment or air. Such measures are accomplished using an intravenous (IV) tube system from the saline source bag to a syringe and the implant site. These precautions are taken to eliminate risks of contamination.

For the breast implant, a cavity is made to insert the implant between the chest wall and the breast. To insert the chosen breast implant underneath the muscles creates a natural look and decreases the chances of capsule formation due to immune responses.

What exactly is the difference between breast augmentation and breast implants?

Breast implants and breast augmentation are almost the same terms. Breast augmentation is the surgical procedure to make the breast size or its amount greater.

Auto augmentation of breasts is the procedure of lifting the natural breasts and simultaneously reshaping them to make a fuller and perkier appearance of breasts without implants.

Risks or Side Effects of Getting Breast Implants

In 2017, the FDA released a statement confirming a link between breast implants and lymphoma development. Eventually, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons announced that T-cell lymphoma has some link to breast cancer. Therefore, it was seen that large anaplastic lymphomas are associated with both gel breast implants and saline breast implants. Some of the other risks associated with breast implants are:

  • 1. Breast pain
  • 2. Breast Infection
  • 3. Capsular contracture: Scar tissue distorting the size or shape of the breast implants
  • 4. Change in Implant position
  • 5. Alteration in the sensation of breasts and nipples
  • 6. Leakage or rupture of Breast Implant 

How long do new breast implants last?

Most silicone and saline breast implants have been approved by FDA (U.S Food and Drug Association) for almost 10 to 20 years.

This time frame does not necessitate replacing the implanted breasts every 10 or 20 years. There are normal possibilities that people may go beyond these time frames safely, and patients don’t need replacements in their entire lifetime, or 1- 2 replacements are needed. 

Implants also have the possibility of getting ruptured. Therefore, getting the implants from a trusted and experienced health facility is highly recommended. Glamyo Health provides the platform wherein people get trusted and experienced cosmetic surgeons to make the breast implants last a lifetime, or even after placement, they last long enough without any complications. Presently there are no such established recommendations for getting implant replacements at a particular time interval.

How much does a breast Implant cost in India?

The cost of breast implants depends on the type of implants, like gel implants or saline implants. In India, the cost of breast Implants lies between Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000, and the entire cost of surgery that includes the types of implants ranges from Rs 1 lakh to almost Rs 1.3 lakh. The cost of surgery for breast implants depends on the city or state of India and the hospital or health clinic chosen to get the breast implant surgery done.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which doctor does breast implant?

Plastic surgeons have expertise in breast implant surgeries, primarily inserting breast implants. The primary physicians or nurse practitioners mainly take care of subsequent follow-ups. Whenever patients need to get a breast implant, their primary care providers must know about the surgical procedure and breast implants. Glamyo Health medical coordinators are responsible for providing entire knowledge to the patient seeking breast implants and hence are the perfect health partners to choose from.

Plastic surgery practitioners and medical coordinators from Glamyo Health are involved in educating the patients and follow-ups post-surgery. They also handle finances and insurance without the hassle and give the correct advice according to the patient’s status. 

How long do breast implants last?

Most patients’ outcomes of breast implant surgeries are excellent on getting an implant from Glamyo Health. Although there have been cases with other health experts wherein implant rupture may occur at any time, even after the replacement. Many cosmetic surgeons have successfully estimated about 15 to 20 years for breast implants.

What is a Breast Implant used for?

Breast implants and breast augmentation is also called mammoplasty. The surgery aims to increase the breast tissue and size and placement of breast implants underneath the chest muscles or breast tissue. It also aims to rebuild the breast in case of severe medical conditions. Breast augmentation surgery is an important way of enhancing self-confidence for most women.

Are Breast Implants safer now?

Yes, breast implants, one of the most common cosmetic surgeries, have been made safer using advancements in science and technology. Long years back, breast implants were not safer regarding health and aesthetics. Improvement in technology has declined the rate of leakages and ruptures. There have been innovations to care for breast implants associated with medical problems like lymphomas.

Complications of breast implants

The advanced techniques and materials have lowered the risks and complications for the implants; however, at times, certain potential problems may arise, and hence the unnatural breast implant should not be trusted entirely as a lifetime device.

Postoperative breast implant complications include:

  • 1. Arising asymmetry 
  • 2. Breast pain
  • 3. Infection
  • 4.Scarring
  • 5. Hematoma
  • 6. Seroma
  • 7. Poor and unsatisfactory cosmetic outcome
  • 8. Altered nipple or breast sensation

Further complications include:

  • 1. Implants are getting displacement.’
  • 2. Implant leakage, rupture, or deflation
  • 3. Capsular contracture: that is tightening of the breast tissue capsule surrounding the implant

Are the nipples removed in getting breast implants?

No, the nipples are not removed completely during breast implant. If needed, surgeons may reposition the nipples and areola during the breast lifting. Surgeons remove excess skin tissues and then reshape the breast. Eventually, the results are firm, with more elevated breasts. 

Do breast implants decrease life?

No, breast implants are not exclusively associated with the shortening of life. The results of research studies have shown that breast implants and breast augmentation effectively improve female self-esteem and satisfaction, eventually the quality of life.

How much do breast implants cost?

The cost of a Breast Implant depends upon multiple factors and ranges from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 3,00,000 in Delhi.

What are gummy bear implants?

Gummy bear implants are the type of breast implants for breast alteration or breast augmentation. The “gummy bear” is a term that indicates the name of the teardrop shape of the gel implants. These types of gummy bear implants can retain shape better for a longer time in comparison to other breast implants that are a saline type or silicone type.

Cohesive type of gel implants is also able to maintain the shape without getting deformed. Sometimes, it happens that gravitational effect over time and the surrounding soft tissues that envelope make the implant difficult to retain shape. Additionally, the aesthetic benefits of “gummy-bear” or the stable form of implants have no to minimal implant-related complications.

How often do the implants need replacement?

Most of the implants made of saline and silicone are approved by FDA for almost 10 to 20 years.They may be replaced or can be good for entire lifetime without any complications.They can be safer with the advent of newer technologies and may be extended beyond the given time frames.

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