Breast augmentation or breast enlargement has become one of the most popular and straight-forward plastic surgery procedures. Many patients find breast augmentation provides a boost to their self-confidence.
With extensive experience in breast implant surgery across Melbourne, Dr Wyten is here to help you make the right choice when it comes to your breast implants. There are many things to consider when choosing your breast implants. These include:
- Incision style
- What the implants will do after surgery
- Are there any health risks?
It is important that you have all these questions answered. As such, Dr Wyten is excited to help you through this complex process.
Different Breast Augmentation Techniques
Modern breast augmentation procedures offer a variety of techniques. These are:
The most common technique of breast augmentation is the use of implants. Implants help project the breasts forward, creating an enlargement of the breast. Implant placement can be done on top or behind the pectoralis muscle. The right combination of patient, implant and placement can produce highly satisfying results.
Grafting takes fat from elsewhere in the body and injects it into the breasts. It is an alternative route if you are uncomfortable with breast implants. Unwanted fat is removed from the area and transferred to the breasts through small incisions. However, this procedure does not create as significant an enlargement as breast implants and is less predictable.
Will You Get Scarring from Breast Implants?
All surgeries result in scars and breast implants are no different. Your surgeon will make an incision on the breast, in the breast crease, or in the armpit to insert your implants. This will cause scarring, but an experienced surgeon can help decrease your amount of scarring. They will also provide post-operative treatments to improve scars. After a few months the scar will be harder to see.
Breast Implant Techniques
There are a variety of breast implant incision techniques your surgeon may use. These include:
This incision technique is done in the crease beneath the breast and is considered the safest technique. Further, for women considering breast feeding, this incision is the most likely to retain the ability to breast feed. Finally, controlling where the scar and breast crease is going to be allows for the optimal implant selection and position.
This breast augmentation incision is made around the nipple area. Periareola is generally not the favourite procedure for both surgeons and patients. The placement can be difficult to ensure the best placement of the implant. However, when used with an inframammary incision, your surgeon can provide augmentation and lift.
This incision is made through a natural crease in the armpit but is usually only recommended to patients at risk of keloid scarring. This procedure has the highest rate of complications and if revision surgery is required, the incision site cannot be reused. Further, transaxillary incisions must careful avoid nerves and lymph nodes in the armpit, while also properly positioning the implants. As a result, this is not often recommended.
Silicone or Saline Implants?
Dr Wyten has extensive experience with both saline and silicone breast implants. The choice between saline and silicone is down to:
- What you want to achieve with your implants
- The implants you prefer
- Which implants your surgeon believes will get the desired results
Saline is considered safer, due to the fact that the body can absorb saline if a rupture occurs. They can also be adjusted by your surgeon to get the right size for your body. However, many do not like the feel of saline implants. Some patients feel silicone provides a more natural feel. Saline, on the other hand, runs the risk of a waterbed effect, where the skin can ripple with the movement of the saline. Silicone implants are also available in a wider range of sizes and textures. However, if silicone ruptures you will need to have your implants removed and replaced immediately.
Breast Implant Size
Choosing the right implant size can be difficult for most women. Many want the increase of their breast size to be significant and worthwhile. However, they also do not want to be too large. Dr Wyten will work with you in your consultations to choose the right size for your desired outcome.
Further, Dr Wyten understands this is an important process and is happy to dedicate the time to guiding you through your choices. She also provides a range of images from different operations to help you make the right choice.
Breast Implant Shape
Breast implants come in a range of shapes to suit your needs. These include:
Tear Drop Shape Breast Implants
These implants are designed to follow the natural profile of the breast. Some women feel they achieve the most natural looking results. However, implants can move in the breast pocket. When a tear drop implant shifts, it can distort the shape of the breast.
Further, these implants can be tailored to your breast dimensions, as well as providing a better lift effect for women with sag or skin looseness.
Breast Implant Textures
As well as coming in a variety of shapes, sizes and fill, breast implants can also have different shell textures. The shell is the surface of the implant, and generally what you will feel under the skin.
Smooth Texture Implants
These implants have the smoothest, most natural feeling texture. Many patients prefer them as they do not feel different under the skin. However, smooth implants are more likely to move in the breast pocket as their surface can be difficult for natural tissue to adhere.
These implants have a rougher outer texture that can feel odd under the hands. However, this textured surface allows natural tissue to adhere to the implant surface, making it less likely to shift in the breast pocket.
Risks and Complications of Breast Implants
Breast implants can come with risks and side effects. These can be long or short term complications.
Short Term Complications
Generally, short term complications of breast implants include bleeding or infection. If you suspect a complication, contact Dr Wyten immediately to discuss what to do next.
Long Term Complications
There are some issues with breast implants rupturing. Whether you choose silicone or saline, if you have an implant rupture, you need to speak to your doctor immediately.
Capsular contracture is also a possible long term complication of breast implant surgery. In response to a foreign body, like implants, the body coats it with a layer of collagen. This becomes a bag or capsule after about 4 weeks. This capsule is thing and strong, and is closely applied to the surface of the implant. If the capsule becomes irritated or inflames, it thickens and contracts. As a result, the breast may become round and firm. This is unaesthetically pleasing and uncomfortable. It also requires revision surgery.
Any surgery has risks. Discuss these with Dr Wyten during your breast implant consultation.
Cost of Breast Implant Surgery
The cost of implant surgery varies from patient to patient, as well as from surgeon to surgeon. The more qualified and experienced your surgeon, and the more complex your procedure, the higher the cost. To get the most accurate quote for your needs, it is best to discuss this in a consultation with Dr Wyten.
Breast implants are a highly personal decision, and each body varies. As a result, Dr Wyten’s procedures are highly individualised, as is the cost. Following your consultation, Dr Wyten will provide you with an estimate of your procedure, as well as informative materials to read before undertaking surgery.
Are Breast Implants Right for Me?
Breast implants and breast augmentation are highly individualised procedures and may not be suitable for all patients. Dr Wyten will discuss your needs, your medical history, and your breasts to determine the best procedure for you. Please remember that:
Breast augmentation and breast implants do not correct drooping breasts.
You may require a secondary procedure, like breast lift, to get the look you want.
Breast surgery may affect your ability to breast feed – however individual results vary.
Augmentation and implants are not guaranteed to last forever. As you age, experience weight gain or loss, or have children, further surgery might be required.
Smokers are at increased risk of complications from any surgery – you will need to quit smoking if you are serious about surgery.
Implants Do Not Replace a Breast Lift
It is important to remember that breast implants make the breast larger. When used alone, they will not adequately lift the breast or correct the effects on breasts after breastfeeding, weight loss, weight gain, or skin stretching. You may need to consider a breast lift or breast lift with implants if you require substantial lifting of the breast tissue.
How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
Breast implants are not considered life long devices. You will likely undergo breast implant removal and replacement over the course of your life. This is known as breast revision. Your implants may need replacing after 5, 10 or 20 years. Some patients never require implant revision, but many do.
If you would like more information about breast implant surgery, contact Dr Wyten and her team today. We can organise your first consultation with Dr Wyten to discuss any further questions you might have.