Common Breast Implant Surgery Questions

18 Apr

For anyone who is thinking about having breast implants inserted there are questions routinely come up.

What type of surgery is involved? Breast implant surgery is referred to as a reconstructive procedure. Sometimes there are specific reasons that a woman requires breast surgery. However, most of the time this type of surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons only.

What kinds of implants are available? There are two main types of implants that are currently available and they are Saline and Silicone.

What is the difference between saline and silicone? Saline implants are ones that are filled with a saline solution or salt water. Silicone filled implants are filled with a plastic gel. Saline is often considered to be safer in regards to any leaks or tears.

Where is the implant placed? Implants are inserted under the chest muscle or breast tissue. The purpose of the implant is to increase your breast size and make you feel better about yourself.

How long do breast implants last? The majority of breast implants will not last a lifetime for most people and will need to be replaced at one time. The most common reason for an implant to be changed is because it ruptures or deflates.

What is silicone? Silicone is one of the most common fillers found in implants today. It is a metal like element that has been combined with oxygen to create silica or silicon dioxide. Silica is found in sand, quartz and in certain crystals and is a very common substance.

Are follow up appointments necessary? After undergoing a breast implant you will need to schedule a mammogram about two to three years later. This is to ensure that the implant is still in place and that it hasn’t ruptured. It is advisable to have regular mammograms every two years after your initial one.

Hopefully these questions have helped to answer any questions you might have when it comes to understanding implants. If you are considering this you should really think if you want to undergo surgery or not. Don’t forget there is a huge cost associated with this and the follow up tests and screenings that will be required.