Breast augmentation which is popularly known as boob job is a term used in plastic surgery for the breast implant strategies used increase the size, shape, and texture of the breast of a woman. Augmentation procedures are mostly applied to remedy the chest wound gotten through the removal of a cancerous breast and also correct defects of the breast and the chest wall. Breast Augmentation influences the beauty, size, texture, and shape of the healthy breast of a woman.
While undergoing the surgical approach, it greatly affects the global augmentation of the breast while using a breast implant filled with the same solution or filled with silicone gel. The process of surgical augmentation can include applying transplanted autologous skin flaps which are gotten from the body of the woman. The transfer approach known as the fat-graft approach augments the size of the breast hemisphere and corrects the various contour defects of that breast hemisphere.
During the procedure of breast reconstruction, a temporary breast implant device is placed and is further used to prepare the implant pocket of the recipient to accommodate in breast implant prosthesis. Some fat-graft injection approaches feature engineering of the tissue when it comes to a non-implant breast augmentation procedure. Whenever a nonsurgical approach is used for breast augmentation, it may consist of a vacuum device which is applied externally that will expand the tissues of the recipient site. In most cases of fat-graft breast augmentation, the increase is of medium volume which is the maximum allowed by the metabolism of the body of the woman.
For most women, breast augmentation is a way to feel more confident and it also helps in rebuilding of the brand for various conditions. However, there are several risks associated with the process of breast augmentation and this process may be very detrimental for your physical health.
Risks like scarred tissue, Breast pain and changes in breast sensation all affect the sensation of the nipple and correcting these complications may require a total removal or replacement of the of the implant.
In breast augmentation and reconstruction, there are three major types. The types include
- Saline Breast Implants
- Silicone Breast Implants
- Alternative composition implants
We are going to take a very close look at the different types of breast implants
- Saline breast Implant.
Saline breast implants have a concentration of the saline solution which is made up of salt water and sodium chloride. It used first manufactured in France by the company called Laboratoires Arion company and It was brought forward as a prosthetic medical device. Back then, the saline breast implants were manufactured shells that were made up of a silicone elastomer which was very thick and adequately room-temperature vulcanized. In this same time, the saline breast implant was the regularly used type of implant for breast augmentation simply because the United States of America had a very high restriction against the importation of silicone-filled breast implants. Back then, the simple goal of the usage of saline implant technology was to create a surgical technique that was less physically invasive for placing a device for a breast implant through a very small surgical incision. After going through the process of placing the process of placing the empty breast implants to the implant pockets, the surgeon will go ahead and filled every device with this saline solution. Due to the fact that the incisions required are small, the scars that will result from the aftermath will be smaller than the scars gotten from the long-incision of silicone implants.
Comparing the results of the saline breast implant to other types of breast implants, the saline breast implant has a very high tendency to yield excellent results like enhanced breast size shape and great breast texture and also has the high tendency to cause cosmetic problems like the ripping of the breast. When a woman has very little and thin breast tissue, there is a higher chance these cosmetic problems must occur. For a woman that requires a post-mastectomy, the silicon-get implant is the one that will be the ideal choice. When a woman has adequate breast tissue, saline breast implants can afford a better result of more proportional breast size, shape, and texture.
- Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone Breast implants is another means of approaching breast augmentation through the implant of silicone gels in the device. The Silicone breast implant was invented in 1961 and so far, they have gone through 5 solid generations to get better versions of these procedures. After its manufacture, the first augmentation process was done in 1962. They have a silicone outer shell filled with silicone gel that comes with different sizes and has either smooth or textures surfaces or shells. This type of breast implant is greatly approved especially for women older than the age of 22. For older women, they are used for revision surgeries to correct the aftermath of previous surgeries. It is important to know that breast implants are not supposed to be permanent that’s why the longer a woman has these silicone gel implants on, the higher the chance that she will need surgery to remove them.
Silicone gels are very much likely to explode or rupture if not properly fixed. The most common silicone gel complications a woman can face is scarring, pain, infection, wrinkling asymmetry etc. Anaplastic large cell lymphoma is a type of situation that women who carry breast implants have the likely hood to experience. Regular MRI or ultrasound is very important so as to check and make sure that the implants are properly positioned and they are working very well. MRI, so far, has been a very effective means of detecting rupture of the silicone implant in a woman’s breast. However, if you have gel-filled implants, it is highly recommended that you go for MRI screening 3 years after your surgery and also go for the same screening 2 years after that. When picking your surgeon, you have to choose one that has a whole lot of experience because you may have several complications later. So choosing a competent surgeon who has at least five years’ experience is very important. Before you go for your procedure, ensure that you get medically evaluated first. Most times, your surgeon may require you to quit taking certain foods and medication before the procedure. Your doctor will also need to ask you about certain things concerning the procedure you are about to embark on and you will have a talk extensively to the doctor.
- Alternative composition implants
Over the years, saline and silicone breast implant methods have been the most common methods used in the process of breast augmentation. However, the method called Alternative composition implants have existed over the year but currently, it has been discontinued due to some discovered health hazards. In the Alternative composition implant, filters such as soy oil and polypropylene string have been used. These days every woman is moving towards newer technologies like the saline and silicone breast implant methods.
THE RISK AND NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS.
There are so many negative side effects that come with breast augmentation. The scars alone from the process of breast augmentation lasts for up to 6 weeks and takes several months to fade depending on the skin type of the woman. The woman is allowed to resume normal life after a week and the women are advised not to exercise or to put herself through stress or vigorous activity for about six weeks after the procedure. After this time, the patient is highly encouraged to exercise regularly to get rid of the discomfort.
However, there are various risks associated with the procedure which are:
- Complications during the process.
For this process of breast augmentation, the placement of breast devices presents the very same risks that medical surgery presents. There are a lot of complications involved and these complications are breast pain, reduce breast sensation, reduce breastfeeding function, and increased breast wrinkling. Physical examinations are put into place for the treatment of these complications. Furthermore, these complications gotten from the aftermath of breast augmentation can lead to several scarring of the women. Most women tend to be very uncomfortable in the long run and stats have shown that over 50% of them always come back to seek a reversal of the process after several years.
- High possibility of rupture.
Breast implants are not built to be permanent that why they are always bound to rupture at any given point in time. The most relevant factors that increase the tendency for the implant to rupture is the way it was designed and the age of the implant. However, a breast implant can stay in the breast of a woman for so many years can and maintain its integrity. In the case of a saline breast implant, whenever it leaks, it deflates easily and can quickly be surgically removed. Statistics have shown that only 7-10% of rupture deflates after 10 years of implantation. In the case of a silicone breast implant, when it gets ruptured, it doesn’t deflate, what it actually does is that the silicone gel leaks and move over to the implant pocket. This is not very good because these silicone gel can eventually migrate from the tissues in the chest to other parts of the human body which may lead to the development of cancerous cells.
- Contracture of the capsular.
Capsular contracture occurs when there is a thickening up of the collagen capsule and compression of the breast implant. This complication is very painful and it has a high tendency to disrupt the form of either the breast or the breast implant. The response the human body gives to a foreign object like breast implant orthopedic prosthesis surgically installed in the body is to cover it with scar tissues woven with collagen fibers. This act is to ensure that the body maintains the integrity of the body and to tolerate and keep the object in.
Over the years, the causes of this contracture of the capsular have not been known. But the common incidence that is presumed to be the cause of the contracture is silicon get leakage, bacterial contamination, and hematoma. To reduce this incidence of capsular contracture occurring, there are surgical procedures that have been used. These procedures include submuscular placement.
To properly correct the capsule contracture, these women may need an open surgical release of the capsule and the removal of the breast implant.
- Highly Toxic
While manufacturing these silicone breast implants, the manufacturers make use of Platinum. Platinum, in this case, serves as a catalyst to speed up the process of transforming the silicon oil into silicone gel. Whenever the silicone breast implant ruptures, there will be a platinum leak from the silicone breast implant. This will later result in an accumulation of particles of platinum in the bone marrow to the blood cells which may result in nervous system breakdown and involuntary muscle contraction. Statistics have shown that studies on the effects of platinum for breast implants in the body of a woman are very toxic in nature.
CAN A WOMAN STILL BREASTFEED AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION?
In most cases, it greatly depends on the type of surgery that the woman undertakes. So far, there are approaches that are very compatible with breastfeeding. But there is a likelihood that the woman will have no idea how much the milk is affected. If you are a nursing mother, it is important to know that you have to tell you baby’s doctor about the breast implant surgery. In a nutshell, if you plan to nurse your babies and you still plan on going for breast augmentation, you have wait first until you have nursed your last child before you think of pursuing this.
So, there you have it. Breast augmentation is a very attractive process but in the long run, it may be dangerous for your physical body. Once your implant is done, it is very important that you go for a regular checkup to prevent implant rupture.