Enhancing your breasts can improve not only your body’s physical appearance, but it can also boost your level of self-confidence. There are many ways to do this and one of the most popular procedures done through plastic surgery is with the use of breast implants. Breast implants are great when you want results that are permanent. But, just before you decide whether you want to undergo a breast implant procedure, it is best to learn about it first.
What are breast implants?
Breast implants are medical apparatuses that alter the size, shape, and contour of a person’s breast. A portion or the whole breast may be replaced by implants.
Why get breast implants?
Women’s breasts can lose volume for reasons, such as weight loss or following a pregnancy. When this happens, the breasts sag and are not able to be restored back to their original state. The only way to restore them back to their initial form is to undergo breast augmentation with the use of implants.
Women who have undergone a mastectomy (removal of breasts) due to injury, tumours or cancer also constitute the reasons why patients get breast implants. This type of surgery is called breast reconstruction.
For those who neither belong to the abovementioned, the simple reason for getting breast implants is to enhance their breasts. Some women opt to go through this procedure to augment their breasts to make them more proportionate to their body and to boost their self-confidence.
What are the types of implants used for the breasts?
There are two types of implants used for breast enhancements: medical-grade implants and the use of human fat.
What are medical-grade breast implants?
According to HealthAscent, medical-grade breast implants are aesthetic applications that are either saline or silicone-based. Saline implants are composed of silicone shells that contain a saltwater solution, while silicone implants are filled with a plastic gel.
What are the benefits of medical-grade implants?
Medical-grade implants come in different shapes, size, shell thickness and surface texture. Patients who wish to enhance their breasts and jump from cup size to another can do so. Likewise, patients can choose what shape their breasts should be. Medical-grade implants have two shapes: teardrop shape and round shape. The teardrop shape looks more natural and is highly recommended for women who have thin breast tissues. On the other hand, a round shape produces high cleavage, which looks unnatural.
What are the common brands of medical-grade breast implants used in Singapore?
The three common brands of medical-grade breast implants in Singapore are Mentor, Motiva, and Natrelle. Among the three brands, only Mentor and Natrelle are approved by the FDA.
Is there a need to have medical-grade implants replaced?
Unless complications, infections, or ruptures occur to the breasts after surgery, there is no need to replace the implants. Newer generations of breast implants are designed to last for a long time. However, to ensure the patient’s safety, doctors may recommend annual checkups and breast examination.
What are the steps involved in getting medical-grade breast implants?
Getting medical-grade breast implants involves surgery. Yes, this means patients undergo the knife. At the start of the surgery, the doctor will administer general anaesthesia to the patient. This will put the patient to sleep in order not to feel any pain or discomfort during the entire procedure.
Next, the doctor makes an incision under the breast and makes space beneath the tissues that would contain the implant. Once the breast implant is then inserted properly, the incision is stitched closed.
Is there pain involved during the procedure?
Since the patient is put to sleep during the procedure, no pain will be felt. Discomfort or minor pain may be felt after the surgery, once the anaesthesia wears off. This can go on for a maximum of 14 days following your procedure as your skin stretches and adjusts to the changes in the breasts.
What is fat transfer and how is it used as breast implants?
Fat transfer, as the phrase suggests, uses human fats to enhance the breasts. Compared to medical-grade breast implants, patients who decide to use this as a means to augment their breasts can only expect a moderate change when it comes to the breast size.
What are the benefits of using fat transfer for breast implants?
Aside from enhancing the appearance of your breasts, patients can lose fats in certain areas of the body where fats to use for the procedure is sourced from. Also, this procedure is minimally invasive.
What are the steps involved in using fat transfer as breast implants?
First, fats will be harvested from different parts of your body, such as the abdomen, thighs, and flank. These will then be processed and then injected in little portions to the incision created in between the lower fold of the breast. The entire procedure usually lasts from 2 to 4 hours.
Who are the best candidates for a fat transfer procedure?
Not all are candidates for fat transfer procedure. Individuals who do not reach the required amount of fats for their breast enhancement cannot proceed with this type of procedure.
How long will the recovery time be following a breast implant procedure?
For both procedures, patients are required 2 to 4 days of downtime in order to recover from the procedure.
What are the risks and side effects that can happen?
Possible risks and side effects include:
- Capsular contracture
- Ruptures (medical-grade implants)
How much does a breast implant surgery cost in Singapore?
The cost of breast implant surgery ranges from $10,000 to $15,000. Factors that affect this include doctor’s consultation fees, anaesthesia charges, a brand of implants (for medical-grade surgeries), breast band, day surgery charges, medical prescriptions, and post-operative checkups.