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A breast implant is an artificial device (prosthesis) used to change the size and contour of a woman's breast. In reconstructive plastic surgery, breast implants are used to restore a natural-looking breast structure following a mastectomy. It can also be done to correct birth defects.
In cosmetic surgery, implants help to enhance or enlarge the appearance of the breast through breast augmentation. Breast implantation is one of the most popular and frequently performed aesthetic surgery procedures.
Types of breast implants
The different types of breast implants are
How is the procedure performed?
Breast implantation surgery is generally done on general anesthesia.
Your surgeon will make incisions in inconspicuous areas to minimise visible scarring. Areas under the breasts, under the arms and around the nipples are usually points where incisions are made, depedning on the implant type and size.
After making the incision, the breast implant is inserted into either a submuscular (under the pectoral muscle) or a subglandular (over the pectoral muscle)pocket.
The method for inserting and positioning breast implants will vary depending on the type and size of the implant and anatomy of the patient.
After the implant placement, the incisions are closed with sutures or surgical staples.
What are the potential risks?
Some of the complications that may raise from breast implants are:
Breast implants yield larger breasts soon after the surgery. However, it may take a few days to see the final outcome as the swelling has to subside and the skin should stretch back to normalcy. It is important that you see your breast implants surgeon for regular examinations to evaluate your breast health and implant conditions.