Breast Implant

Breast implants have been a popular method of breast augmentation all over the world. Implants give the desired shape and projection of choice. They come in two choice of filler substance, saline or silicone. The implants can be placed above the muscle(sub glandular), or below the muscle(sub muscular).

Preoperative Workup

A detailed discussion of expectations and examination can help to decide the size of the implants. The choice of placement as well as the site can be decided. All the patients are expected to do a routine blood examination and any special investigations if required for anesthesia. Smoking to be stopped atleast three weeks prior to the surgery. A routine ultrasound / mammogram to be done for all patients prior to the procedure.

Procedure

It is usually done as a day care surgery. The incision is made inframammary, periaerolar or axillary and the plane is developed(sub glandular or submuscular), and the implants are placed through aseptic precautions. Wound is closed in layers.

Anesthesia

It is done under general anesthesia and takes about 60 minutes.

Postoperative Care

Tight plasters are applied to keep the implants in their place. The patients are advised a support bra to be worn from the second postoperative day upto atleast a period of two months. All strenuous activities, lifting of heavy weights to be avoided for a period of two months.

Possible Side Effects

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Capsular Contracture
  • Rupture