Silicone breast implants are the perfect solution to correct breasts that are too small for body proportions because of certain changes (eg. weight loss, breastfeeding) or hereditary reasons.
In addition to the more than 50 years old history of Breast Augmentation with Implants – since the first such surgery was performed in the early 1960s – with the help of modern technology, today we can work with cohesive silicone gel implants that have an incredible tensile strength and stable material produced in space technology-like environment. The implants have to go through a hundred checkpoints before they get into the sterile packaging to be opened in the operating room.
At our clinic, we only use premium-grade implants because we do not compromise on the quality of the materials implanted in the human body. This means that the implant itself does not “grow old”, it does not “get tired”, so it is simply not necessary to replace it. Repeated surgery may become justified if the tissues of the patient change significantly around the implant, which may occur, for example, in the event of huge weight loss or pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is important, however, to note that we have patients who have given birth to two children during the first 5 years after Breast Augmentation, and her breasts were still perfect on the next follow-up exam. The core of the lifetime warranty is that the manufacturer actually provides a lifetime warranty on the quality of the implants and sends a new product in case of a problem, usually covering the surgical costs as well.
Breast Enlargement with Implants is always preceded by personal consultation with our plastic surgeon to assess individual patient anatomy and expectations. Based on the completed presurgery consultation sheet, we get a comprehensive picture of the current state of health and possible previous interventions. In the knowledge of all this, we try to work together with our patient to develop the solution strategy, as we have to choose the most appropriate one from more than one thousand breast implants with the best of our plastic surgery skills and experiences.
As far as the shape of the implants is concerned, there are anatomical (teardrop-shaped) or round ones. In size, we can provide extra small (200 ccs) implants and even extra large “oversized” ones. The projection determines the extent of the protrusion from the chest plane, while the texture or coating affects “adhesion” to the tissues. During the consultation, the seemingly most ideal implants can be “tried on” in a special bra to see and feel the difference to the prior state.
For a smoother healing, it is advisable to switch to a healthy lifestyle from the weeks prior to surgery, which means a diet rich in vitamins and minerals with adequate fluid intake and avoiding smoking and alcohol consumption.
Breast Enlargement with implants is performed under general anesthesia, and takes about 1.5-2 hours, usually requiring a one-night stay in a private hospital with premium category care. Generally, we work from 2.5 to 3.5 cm incisions, which are hidden in the inframammary crease. Remaining scars are optimally just thread-thin lines, slightly lighter than the original skin tone. The complexity and duration of Breast Augmentation depend on the exact location of the implantation. Typically, we are working with the “dual plane” technique, which means that the implant is about 2/3 part under the muscle and 1/3 part under the glands for a beautiful, natural and durable result. Depending on individual conditions and needs, the implant can be completely placed under the glands, muscles, or possibly under the fascia (Subfascial Breast Augmentation). The surgery offers the possibility of treating asymmetry by applying different sized implants, and correcting other shape problems, for example, with the multiplane reshaping technique, which means reshaping the breasts from multiple planes. At the end of the operation, we use running subcuticular skin closure, apply a bandage, and put a special postoperative bra on the patient with a compression strap on the decolletage.
After surgery, minimal discomfort can be expected: tension, pain, and swelling may occur, which is to be relieved continuously by painkillers and cooling. Follow-up exams are required at pre-agreed dates, where the suture removal also carried out in the case of non-absorbent sutures. We also remove the bandages and provide information on the recovery period during these check-ups. Massage is usually suggested in addition to the usual methods of Scar Treatment including gels, creams and silicone sheets. It is recommended to wear the compressive strap for 1-2 weeks, and the special bra for 6 weeks. Sports can be gradually re-started after this period. Work (if not physical) is possible after a few days.
The result of Breast Augmentation with Implants is spectacular and immediate, but the permanent placement of the implants is expected in 6 to 12 months.
Breast Augmentation with Implants is also possible together with Fat Grafting, which is called Composite Breast Augmentation. In the case of moderate or severe sagging, Breast Lift can be performed with the augmentation, which is called Breast Lift with Implants.
Breast Augmentation with Implants can be even combined with Body Contouring or Mommy Makeover procedures, such as Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) at the same time.
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