Silicone implants are made up of a shell that is filled with a cohesive silicone gel or saline. Deciding which type of breast implant to use deeply depends on personal preference and aesthetic desired goals.
Besides what material is used in implants, size and shape is also something that you need to think about. Round implants are very popular and are often chosen by women who want a dramatic cleavage, lift and fullness. Whereas teardrop-shaped breast implants tend to give fullness to the breasts and a more natural projection.
How do the types of implants differ?
Breast implants are filled with sterile saline or salt water. In the rare event that a saline implant leaks, the saline will gradually be absorbed by the body. Silicone implants contain a medical-grade gel that is designed to make a more natural look and feel.
Who are suitable candidates
- Not pregnant or breastfeeding
- Fully informed with realistic expectations
- Living at a healthy and stable weight
What to expect during the procedure
The surgery is usually administered with either general anaesthesia or conscious sedation. This varies by surgeon and patient, so be sure to discuss before your surgery day. During breast augmentation surgery, the plastic surgeon will make small incisions to create a pocket to make room for the breast implant. As soon as the breast implant is in place, the incisions will be closed up and bandaged. In general, the entire procedure usually lasts under two hours, and patients can go home the same day.
What are the risks of this procedure?
As with any surgery, there are potential risks to be aware of, including:
- Implant leaks
- Pain and tenderness
- Excessive scar tissue
How to prepare for the surgery
Your surgeon and their staff will give you a specific list of instructions, but in general:
- No smoking for a prescribed amount of time before the surgery
- Limit your food and alcohol intake prior to surgery
- Dress warm and comfortably
- Ask a friend or family member to drive you home after your surgery
How to choose a plastic surgeon
When looking for a plastic surgeon, you should consider asking the following questions during your initial consultation:
- Is this plastic surgeon board certified by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery like, Dr Peter Laniewski?
- How much experience does this doctor have?
- Does this surgeon’s surgical style match my realistic desired goals?
- Am I comfortable with my surgeon’s staff?
- Is the surgeon open and honest about the risks and expectations?
- Does the staff professionally and promptly answer my questions?
What questions should be asked about this surgery?
After you have selected a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, ask the following questions:
- Are there risks for future mammograms or breastfeeding?
- What will my breast implants look like in 5 years time?
- How long is recovery?
How long will recovery take?
Recovery varies from patient to patient; thus each person’s recovery time may be different. On average, a full recovery ranges anywhere from four to six weeks. Most patients will feel an improvement within one week of surgery; however, plastic surgeons generally recommend light activity and no strenuous exercise until the healing process is over.
Will there be scarring?
Most surgeons can leave minimal scarring in a hidden place, like under the breast, but patients should always ask about the placement and size of the scars beforehand.
What results will I see?
- Improvement in breast fullness
- Improvement in volume loss or asymmetry
- Increased size, projection and breast shape
- More balanced hip-to-breast ratio