Breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants
Breast augmentation is used to increase size of the breast who have not grown due to genetic or hormonal reasons, as correction to asymmetrical breasts or loss of breast size due to pregnancy or extreme weight loss.
What is used for breast augmentation?
Usually silicone or saline solution filled implants are used. There are no studies that prove that silicone filled implants cause cancer. Fat cells harvest from the patient has many medical concerns as the fat cells harden with time, causing misgiving diagnoses and may be absorbed by the body, thus returning to its original size in 6 months.
The size and type of the implant should be determined during the consultation and saline solution implants should be preferred as liquid silicone implants are not FDA approved. It is known that gel filled implants have a risk of leaking and if the implant bursts, the silicone will spread into the body, whereas saline solution will be discarded by the body.
The procedure does not require hospital stay, and the entry to the breast is usually under the armpit, to allow minimal scaring and faster healing. The operation usually lasts up to 30 minutes
In order to minimize scaring, the incision is glued and a special supporting bra is used for several weeks and can return to daily activity within 5 days, yet exercise is not allowed up to 3 weeks. Breast augmentation does not restrict birth or breast feeding. The most common problem encountered is the formation of capsules and can be avoided by the prescribed massages.