Breast Implants Plastic Surgery – Types, Cost, Recovery & Risks
Breast Implant Plastic Surgery – Types, Cost, Recovery and Risks
Breast implant cosmetic surgery involves increasing the size of the breast by using artificial implants. It is also known by the name of breast augmentation surgery which closely refers to its cosmetic appeal. It could be used for breast reconstruction in patients suffering from breast cancer.
There are two different types of breast implants. A saline implant consists of a capsule filled with saline solution (salt water). A silicone implant is the one in which the capsule is filled with silicone or plastic gel. In case of silicone implant, the capsule is pre-filled to a standard size by the manufacturers before it is supplied for surgical use. Saline implants are filled during the cosmetic surgery by using small incision. The solution is filled in a controlled manner until the desired shape is formed.
There are advantages and disadvantages in both types of breast implants. Silicone implants are known for their natural feel, but a rupture can be hard to identify. The shape of saline implants can be controlled during the surgery, but irregularities after a rupture will be more pronounced. When saline implants rupture, the solution is naturally absorbed by the body without any side effects.
Recovery and risk related to breast implant cosmetic surgery
Pain, uneasiness and other minor risks are common to both types of implants. Saline implants will become flattened after a rupture as the saline solution quickly leaks out of the capsule and gets absorbed into the body. Irregularities in breast shape will be drastic in such conditions. Besides, saline implants don’t feel comfortable or natural for most patients.
Ruptured silicone implants do not cause excessive leakage as the hard plastic gel will remain in the capsule for a long time even after rupture. It is hard to detect a rupture in silicone implants. They may pose serious complications if left unattended for a long time. For safety, ruptured implants must be immediately removed or replaced. The absence of conclusive evidence had caused silicone implants to be banned for a decade, but further scientific studies and research have proven that both silicone and saline implants do not pose serious damages to the body. It is essential to follow the advice and instructions of the plastic surgeon to recover safely from the surgery.
Safety with implants is further enhanced by imposing certain requirements for patients to qualify for breast implant surgery. In cosmetic augmentation, saline implants are allowed only for patients above the age of 18 and silicone implants for those above 22. In reconstruction surgery, both types of implants are allowed for patients of all ages.
The exact cost of breast implant surgery is hard to determine as it depends on the choice of implants, the experience of the plastic surgeon and infrastructure available in the hospital. They typically range in between $4000 to $12000. Insurance will not cover the cost, but financing can be obtained by in-house financial services.
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