Breast Enlargement with Breast Implants

Treatment information

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With breast implants you will be able to achieve bigger and more beautiful breasts. The implants can contain saline or silicone, each having their benefits and downsides. Both types are available in round and drop shaped editions.

Generally about the treatment

During a breast enlargement, breast implants are implanted surgically. This way bigger and often more aesthetically pleasing breasts can be obtained.

Implants are used if the breasts seem too small and don't hang significantly (otherwise a breast lift) will also be necessary.

The implants come in both round and drop shaped editions, and they can either have a smooth or textured shell. It is important to realise, that the implants will need to be replaced after 10-15 years. Furthermore, you will have to make continuous visits to a doctor after the surgery.

Silicone implants are the most popular type of breast implants, which is due to the fact that they feel more natural than saline implants.

Saline implants don't feel as natural as silicone implants. On the other hand, they are easier to replace, and they don't cause as many problems when having a mammography (scan for breast cancer). Saline implants also feel more naturally warm than silicone implants.


Implants can vary in shape and size, making individual customisation, according to the needs of the patient, possible.

Suitability

Women above the age of 18 who are fit and healthy, and who wish to have bigger or better looking breasts.

Persons who have been diagnosed with cancer or initial stages of this, people who have an active infection in the body, people who are pregnant, breast feeding, or suffer from autoimmune diseases such as lupus or scleroderma are not suited for a breast enlargement procedure.

The procedure

Placement of the surgical incision
Options for placement of the cut

The method for insertion and placement of the implants depends on your anatomy and the surgeon's recommendations. For the surgery the implants can be put either over the muscle or under it.

The surgical incision can be made in the fold under the breast, alongside the nipple or in the armpit. Additionally, the implant can be inserted through a small zig-zag scar inside the nipple.

A correctly placed implant will give the best cosmetic result, and the placement of the scar is therefore of secondary importance.

The surgery lasts 1-3 hours.


Anaesthesia

The operation takes place on an outpatient basis or under short-term hospitalisation, and most commonly under general anaesthesia.

Side-effects

Temporary soreness, swelling, contusion (bruising) as well as changes in the sensitivity of the nipple. A permanent scar will incur.

Risk of complications

There is a risk of imprecise placement of the implant or for an infection to occur around it, making another operation necessary.

There is a risk of the scar tissue surrounding the artificial implant becoming very tight and hard. This is caused by the organism's reaction of the unnatural shape of the implant, and is called capsular contracture, or capsular contraction.

As with any form of surgery, there is a risk of complications related to the anaesthesia, bleeding, infection, poor healing, and blood accumulation.

No form of surgery is risk free, but please note that severe complications are very rare.

There is a risk of damage to the nerve supply for the nipple area, which can lead to changes in sensation in the area.

Risk of tissue reaction around the implant and tissue death. There is a risk of the implant leaking, which could mean that another operation is needed. This is, however, a rare case.

With time the implant may move, causing a less cosmetically pleasing result.

With silicone implants a special technique must be used during a mammography.

Healing and recovery

Returning to work will be possible after a couple of days. As a general rule, a patient should avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, and sex for approximately 3 weeks. Physical contact with the breasts can be resumed after 3-4 weeks. The scars will slowly fade with time, but note that they will never go away completely.

Duration of the result

The implants last for 10-15 years, after which they will need to be replaced.