1. Question: What kind of implants is used during breast augmentation?
Answer: Currently, the US Food and Drug Administration only allows silicone- and saline-filled breast implants. However, there is some speculation that the gummy bear implants (these are filled with a more cohesive type of silicone gel) which are under clinical trial, will be made available to the public in the next few years.
2. Q: Which can provide a more natural result?
A: Siliconeimplants are designed to mimic the feel of breast tissue, making them a more popular choice of women these days.
3. Q: Any benefits in choosing saline implants over silicone version?
A: Yes. Patients are not required to undergo MRI screening, a test necessary for those with silicone implants because they are at risk of having silent leak (no visible manifestation that the shell has already ruptured),And in case of rupture, patients with saline implants can immediately see the problem because their breasts will become deflated within hours.
4. Q: What is capsular contracture?
A: This happens when the scar tissue—which naturally forms around any implant—becomes extraordinarily dense that it ends up squeezing the implants. Fortunately, there are many surgical techniques and post-operative treatments that can minimize the risk of capsular contracture.
5. Q: What is the difference between smooth and textured implants?
A: Smooth implants have a balloon-like surface while textured implants have a rough, somewhat “grainy” exterior.
All teardrop-shaped (or anatomical) implants come in textured surface to prevent it from rotating inside the breast pocket, something which may lead to visible distortion. On the other hand, round implants often come with smooth exterior because they can rotate without causing any problem.
However, some round implants have rough surface which is said to minimize the risk of capsular contracture. But this claim has not yet been proven.
6. Q: Which can provide more natural breast contour, round or teardrop implants?
A: Both implants can provide natural appearance as long as with the proper placement. And contrary to popular belief, round implants do not automatically lead to a dome-shaped, unnatural-looking breast because their shape turn into a teardrop once inside the breast pocket (due to the pull of gravity).
7. Q: How long do breast implants last?
A: According to a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine, breast implants last an average of 16 years, although their lifespan still depends on many factors such as the patient’s lifestyle, certain features of the body, and type of implant used during the procedure.