Around 18 million plastic surgery procedures take place in the US each year. This number is increasing, as many people realize the amazing boost it can give to your confidence. But what are the health implications of plastic surgery?
One of the most common procedures is breast augmentation. Read on as we give our essential guide to breast augmentations.
Benefits of Plastic Surgery
There are a number of benefits that arise from plastic surgery. Many of these are centered around raising your self-esteem and sense of value.
The first is the boost it will give to your confidence. You may have been worried about certain aspects of your appearance that had been holding you back. Perhaps you had an old injury that may have resulted in deformations that could be fixed with surgery.
Some plastic surgery can even improve your health. Rhinoplasty is often known to alter the nasal passages, helping people breathe better. Breast reductions can also alleviate problems such as back and neck pain.
Types of Breast Implants
When you decide to have breast implant surgery, the biggest choice you will have to make is between the two types of breast implants. These are smooth and textured.
Smooth breast implants require a large pocket to be made in the breast. 10% of smooth implant insertions result in capsule contracture, a common problem with implants. However, they have a reduced chance of rippling or wrinkling.
Textured implants only have a 3% chance of capsule contracture occurring. They have a 7% to 9% chance of rippling or wrinkling occurring.
Choosing the Size of Breast Augmentations
After choosing the type, you need to decide on the size of implant most suited to you. For this, you should discuss a preferred size with the surgeon, looking at images and pictures for reference.
Never go in with a cup size in your mind. This is because it is not a standardized measurement. D cup on one person may look very different on another.
What Are the Health Risks of Breast Implants?
There are a number of health risks associated with breast implants. These can be a result of two main processes. The first is that your body may not accept the breast implant, and the second is the complications that may arise as a result of the surgery itself.
One common problem is capsular contraction. This is when scar tissue forms around the breast implant. As it is a foreign body, this is a natural process the body does to many foreign objects that are embedded inside it.
Ruptures and anaplastic large cell lymphoma can also be side effects. Breast implant illness is a common problem, though its existence is contested by some medical experts. It results in a lack of cognitive abilities, fatigue, and joint pain.
You can also have complications that could occur with any type of surgery. These may include a hematoma after surgery or infections.
How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
There is no concrete time frame for which a breast implant may last. If cared for, they could last a lifetime. For other people, impact or accidents may cause the implant to deteriorate in the body quicker.
The longer an implant is in, the more chance it has of becoming faulty. For this reason, many people choose to replace them at least once in a lifetime.
The Breast Implant Procedure
The procedure for breast implants is not that different from any other operation. It follows a number of steps that can often have you up and about in a few days’ time.
The first step is to be put under anesthesia. Your surgeon will recommend the best one for you. This will usually be under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
An incision is a cut in the skin, through which the breast implant enters the body. There are a few areas this can occur, in which visible scarring will be less noticeable. Your surgeon should discuss these with you.
Your first choice is a peri-areolar incision. This is when the placement of the cut is around the areolar, the dark rim of the nipple. A cut here can be less visible as the area already has a darker pigmentation than the rest of the skin.
When the incision is at the bottom of the breast it is an inframammary fold cut. Another option is under the armpit and is an axillary incision. Further options are an incision in the belly button, but this generally entails more risk of complication.
Insertion and Placement
There are two pockets that can be made for breast implant insertion. where the pocket is made will depend on the level of enlargement you are having, your body type, and the surgeon’s preference.
A submuscular placement will put the implant under the pectoral muscle. A submammary or subglandular placement will go over the pectoral muscle and sit just behind the breast tissue.
Once placed, the incision will be closed with sutures. This will use skin adhesive and surgical tape in a layered fashion, so the tissue within heals as well. The external scar should fade over time, depending on your body and skin type.
Finding a Surgeon for Breast Augmentations
Now you know the benefits and possible health implications of breast augmentations, discuss it with a surgeon. Check reviews in the local area and speak to others that have had surgery.
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