What Are Breast Implants?
Breast implants are a technological aid that may help patients get the breast size they want when having breast implant surgery/breast augmentation (mammoplasty).
Implant technologies, types, shapes and sizes have changed, overtime to keep pace with the industry.
Throughout the history of implant development and aesthetic breast correction, there have been various types of implants. However, the goal has always been to increase and augment the volume and shape of the breast.
There are many decisions to make during Breast implant Surgery, including; Implant Brand, Size, Type, Texture, Profile as well as implant placement and surgical incision position.
Dr Briggs will collaborate with you to select the appropriate size and type of breast implant, in order to achieve the results and appearance you desire. He will explain your options and choices.
Thanks to the latest generation of silicone implants, the aesthetic outcome of implant procedures now may provide an altered appearance and a more stable result.
Dr Briggs most often uses Mentor or Motiva round silicone implants, which have been proven over time, to provide a consistent and expected result. However, it’s important to remember that no procedure is without risks. Complications can occur regardless of your chosen implant.
Breast Implant Types
There are two types of implant fillings: Saline and Silicone implants.
Saline and silicone implants have many similarities, but also several important differences that distinguish them.
Although saline implants were once more popular than silicone implants (in case of rupture, saline solution is mostly absorbed into the body), thanks to modern technology and progress, Motiva’s silicone implants may be just as suitable for patients as saline implants.
Round silicone implants may be a suitable choice for all those who aspire to a larger breast volume, which is the case in 80% of all breast augmentation cases.
Thanks to the special gel of Motiva’s ergonomic round implants, the shape of the implants, and therefore the breasts, is changeable and depends on the position of the body. Such implants will have a round shape in the lying position, while in the standing position they will change their appearance into a tear-drop shape, which is a characteristic of natural breasts as well.
Round Motiva implants can now simulate the effect of having a teardrop shaped implant without the risk of implant flipping.
Breast Implant Sizes
Dr Briggs uses high-quality implant manufacturers. As mentioned above, his implant suppliers, including Mentor and Motiva.
They can supply hundreds of different implant volumes in various dimensions.
Saline-filled implants can be filled after they have been inserted into the breast pocket. Whereas, silicone gel implants are already full.
The wide variety of choices available means you and your surgeon should be able to select the ideal implant shape and size suitable for you.
Breast Implant Placement
There are three common approaches for Breast Implant placement.
- Placing the implant in front of the pectoral muscle
- Behind the pectoral muscle
- Partially behind the muscle (dual plane).
Each of these methods offers a different type of result, and Dr Briggs will be able to suggest the Breast Implant approach for your goals, depending on your skin, body composition, existing breast tissues, lifestyle and the outcomes you desire.
Remember, getting desired results depends on a variety of aspects of your surgery. It’s important to plan the surgery carefully but also to; follow pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions, not to smoke, but to eat well, rest, not exercise or do too much too early, and to understand the healing and recovery processes and time frames. These can ALL vary and all surgery has risks.
Breast Implant Surface, Smooth or textured
Implants can have a smooth surface or a textured surface. Smooth-surface implants feel softer than their textured counterparts and are relatively easy to insert. However, textured implants, have a slightly lower risk of capsule contracture. There is a full range of smooth to heavily textured implants (Grades 1 to 4).
Furthermore, implants with texture can reduce the risk of implant movement due to their rough surface. This allows surrounding breast tissue to adhere to the implant. Textured implants are important if you are choosing anatomically shaped implants versus round implants. However, it is important to discuss your best options and outcomes with your Plastic Surgeon Breast Surgery Specialist.
Implants with texture have fallen out of favour over fears of BIA-ALCL (Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma).
Breast Implant Shape – Round or Anatomical
Breast Implant shape needs to be taken into consideration as does the material and size of the implant.
Implants are available in a round shape or anatomical/teardrop shape (Image shown on the right). Determining the type of implant (round or anatomical) can be difficult to determine in women who have a moderate amount of breast tissue.
In general, anatomical implants tend to be more versatile, however, this depends on the desired outcome. Depending on the size and type implants can provide more height to the augmentation and/or more contrast between the shape of the upper and lower part of the breast.
Anatomical implants must have a textured surface to reduce the amount of implant movement within the breast pocket. Round implants, however, are available in both smooth and textured surfaces.
If a round implant rotates in your breast pocket (where your surgeon places your implant, during your Surgery), it will not affect your breast shape.
However, if an anatomically shaped implant rotates within your breast pocket, then it must be re-positioned.
Breast Implant Incision and Scars
All surgery causes scars, regardless of the type of breast augmentation, technique or type of implant, it is impossible to perform surgery without creating an incision.
But, thanks to the most modern methods, experience, and knowledge of Specialist Plastic Surgeons, it is possible to minimize the size and appearance of scars.
With the correct course of recovery and healing, it is possible to reduce the visibility of scars caused by the placement of implants in the breast.
Also, certain breast augmentation techniques place incisions in less visible places, such as under the breast (in the breast crease).
Breast Implant Before and After Photos
Due to the recent updates in guidelines by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), our website is currently undergoing substantial revisions. As a result, we have had to remove the majority of our Before and After photos to comply with these new regulations. Our utmost priority is to maintain the accuracy and compliance of our content, and we are actively working to reintroduce a more extensive collection of before and after photos in the near future. You can view additional Before and After photos of Dr Briggs’ patients, during an in-person consultation at our clinic.
Click here to see more breast implant photos or visit the clinic to see the real patient photo gallery of Before and After Breast Lift surgery.
The photos on this website and in our office are for informational purposes. The images demonstrate the potential outcomes of procedures. Individual results will vary, and effects cannot be guaranteed. The photos do not promise or guarantee specific results. They are meant to help visualise potential outcomes.
Each patient is unique, and many factors affect surgical results.
In consultations, Dr. Briggs evaluates each patient and discusses realistic expectations.
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Breast Implant FAQs
What type of breast implant to choose?
- While it’s impossible to have an implant that feels 100% natural, silicone implants tend to have the most natural feeling to touch.
- Thanks to their silicone filling, they fairly closely mimic natural breast tissue and, as such, are often chosen by those who value the feeling of touch and the look itself.
What are the alternatives to breast implants?
- Fat transfer, also known as autologous fat grafting is a surgical procedure in which fat tissue is taken by liposuction and then used to restore the contour of the body by adding volume (enlargement) to soft tissue deficient areas.
- However, this method cannot yet be considered a suitable substitute for augmentation with implants, as there are limitations on the degree of augmentation.
- Other surgeons at Coco Ruby plastic Surgery offer Fat Grafting Breast Augmentation.
How hard can you squeeze and pull Implants?
- The implant can be compressed and stretched without fracturing.
- Motiva implants are extremely elastic and can be compressed and stretched without negative consequences, up to 450% of its size, which is its breaking point.
How do I know if the Implant is ruptured?
- Breast implants can rupture. Although this is a rare case (with Motiva implants less than 1% per 1,000,000 patients), it is still possible.
- There are two types of implant rupture.
- The first type is very easy to notice, as there are visible signs on the chest in the form of a lump.
- The second, is the so-called silent rupture. It gradually releases the contents of the implant. Therefore, the manufacturers and our specialist surgeons suggest frequent check-ups and breast scans in order to detect whether there has been a rupture or not.
Risks and complications of Breast Surgery
All surgery incurs risks. Your Surgeon will make you aware of potential complications during your consultation. These include;
- Reaction to general anesthesia
- Bleeding (Haematoma)
- Wound healing
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Changes in sensation
- Implant complications (rupture, leak and capsular contracture)
- Poor cosmetic outcome
- Read and understand your risks.
How to find a Breast surgeon in Melbourne
Your surgical results will heavily depend on the surgeon you choose. Since breast implant is a major procedure, you’ll need a top breast implant plastic surgeon.
In Australia, a plastic surgeon must have the following qualifications:
- An undergraduate degree in medicine, typically a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree.
- A minimum of two years of general medical training as a junior hospital doctor.
- Completion of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) surgical education and training program, which includes at least five years of accredited surgical training, with at least two years in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
- Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Plastic surgeons in Australia must also be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and adhere to the standards and guidelines set forth by the Medical Board of Australia.
You also want to ensure the surgeon you choose has:
- Experience in different types of Breast Augmentation.
- Available Patient Before and After Photos.
- Detailed recovery plans
- A reliable support team.
Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.
Both he and his team are dedicated to patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
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