Breast Implants for Bigger Breasts

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There are many clinics now offering breast implants throughout London and the UK.

Reasons for having Breast Implants

Since we live in a celebrity obsessed and visually saturated culture, there is a lot of pressure on women to look a certain way; but, this as a reason for breast implants is not psychologically sound. You should want to change how you look for yourself and not for other people. Therefore, if you are dissatisfied with the size, the shape, or the ageing look of your breasts, then implants can create a much improved look: the size can be enlarged, the shape can be made more symmetrical, and breasts can be made firmer.

Risks of Breast Implants

It is important, though, that you are aware of the risks that come with breast implant surgery. Of course there are the usual risks of surgery, such as the risks of anaesthesia, but breast implant surgery can also be problematic in other ways.

Implant rupturing is one risk that comes with having breast implants. This is something that can go unnoticed for quite some time – meaning it has no effect on the shape or size of the breast – but it can become problematic. Rupturing happens because scar tissue forms around the implant and can act as a sort of implant capsule. If, however, the breast visibly deflates or puckers because of the rupture then secondary surgery will probably be necessary. Other difficulties, such as capsular contracture (a hardening of the breast) or asymmetry, can also mean more surgery.  Sometimes, though, a problem can arise that cannot be surgically resolved. Puckering of the skin, for example, can also occur if breasts were, to begin with, very small. This is hard to resolve, but talk to your surgeon about possibilities in avoiding this. 

One of the biggest concerns of breast implants is their affect on breast cancer detection, mammography and ultrasounds can be impeded by the implants. If you inform your doctor about the implants, then he or she may use different techniques to check the breasts.

Silicone & Saline Implants

There are differences in the types of implants you can have. These different implants each have their own particular risks and advantages.

Saline implants are recommended by professionals as undeniably the safest implant available. This is because the fluid content, saline, is completely natural and non-toxic: it is a salt-water solution. Regrettably though, many argue that saline implants do not achieve as natural a feel or as good a shape as their silicone equivalent. Fortunately though, silicone implants have never been scientifically proven to be toxic to the body; certainly, breastfeeding with silicone implants has been given the go-ahead by many professionals.

What to Expect from Breast Implants

Although breast implants are much more robust than they used to be, rupturing can occur, especially when an implant nears the end of its life span. This is why a realistic expectation of your implants is necessary. Indeed, it is very important that you are aware that implants do not last indefinitely, that they require maintenance, because this means you are financially bound to surgery at a later date. Of course, implants can be removed, thus stopping the cycle of more surgery, but breasts reform to their previous state and can look worse. Consequently, many patients have replacement surgery, in which new implants are put into the breasts.

Implants can, however, last for a very long time. Currently there is an average of a 10-year life span of implants, but, with modern technology, this is changing. Breast enlargement can last for up to 25 years; of course, this does depend on your life style. Athletic women, for instance, are more susceptible to complications.

The Breast Implant Procedure

There are three main methods for inserting the implant into the breast tissue. You can enter through the armpit, through the lower breast crease, or through the areola. The areola is the most common point of entry, but if you are particularly concerned about the effect on your future breastfeeding ability talk to your surgeon about the other options.

Depending on what type of implant you are having, the surgery procedure can differ.  Saline implants can be inflated within the breast and then sealed at a valve by your surgeon. This means you can have your implant at exactly the right size for you; however overfilling or under-filling can cause problems. Silicone implants do not have this option; they only come in predetermined sizes, although obviously there are a variety of sizes available. The positioning of the breast implant also affects the surgical procedure. Implants can be positioned subglandular or submuscular. Subglandular is not as deeply embedded as submuscular which can cause problems, but it does have its advantages and vice versa. After the implant is inserted, the incision is sutured and the breast bandaged. The whole procedure takes approximately two hours.

Recovering After Breast Implants

Breast implant surgery can be quite painful. Certainly if you have had your implant positioned submuscular however, your surgeon will proscribe plenty of pain medication. To also reduce pain, and accelerate recovery, it is strongly advised for you to wear a support bra.

Benefits of Breast Implants

Once you are recovered and healed, you will notice a change in your life. Your new physique can improve your body confidence, and this confidence can affect other areas of your life.  For women that had mastectomies, they may feel womanly and attractive again. What is clear is that due to the implants most women enjoy how their body looks and feel happier about their lives. With modern surgical methods employed by clinics throughout London and the UK, the demand for breast implants has surged.

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