What Are Breast Implants?
Breast implants are an advanced technological aid that can help you achieve the breast size you desire when having breast implant surgery or breast augmentation.
Implant technologies, types, shapes and sizes have changed, keeping pace with trends in beauty and plastic surgery.
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 safety and aesthetic outcome of implant procedures now provide a better appearance, a more natural feel and a more stable result.
Dr Briggs most often uses Mentor or Motiva round silicone implants, which have been proven over time, provide the best results, and deliver the best patient safety.
Breast Implant Types
There are two types of implants: 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, mostly for safety reasons (in case of rupture, saline solution is mostly absorbed into the body), thanks to modern technology and progress, Motiva’s silicone implants are just as safe for patients as saline implants.
Round silicone implants are a great 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 are effectively now able to simulate the effect of having a teardrop shaped implant. All the benefit of a shaped implant without the risk of implant flipping.
Breast Implant Sizes
We use high-quality implant manufacturers. As mentioned above, our 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 just 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 best-practice Breast Implant approach for your goals, depending on your skin, body composition, existing breast tissues, lifestyle and the outcomes you desire.
Remember, getting good 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 Shape – Round or Anatomical
Breast Implant shape needs to be taken into consideration, you also need to consider the material and size of the implant.
Implants are available in a round shape or anatomical (teardrop) shape. 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 to restore its natural appearance.
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 almost completely 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 the armpit area, under the breast or in the areola line.
Breast Implant Before and After Photos
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. Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly.
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Breast Implant FAQs
What type of breast implant feel more natural?
- Silicone implants have the most natural feeling to touch.
- Thanks to their silicone filling, they mimic natural breast tissue, and as such are the best choice for all those who value the feeling of touch as well as 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.
- Furthermore, the results are unpredictable.
- Other surgeons at Coco Ruby plastic Surgery offer this technique.
What is the most common breast implant type?
- Across the world, the most common breast implant type used is silicone implants, with 88% of all plastic surgeries.
- With Saline implants only being the implant of choice in 12% of cases.
- There are very few surgeons in Australia primarily using Saline implants for Augmentation.
When do you need to replace breast implants?
- The FDA, the USA agency that also approves implants for use and sale on the market, recommends that implants be changed every 10 years, regardless of the type (silicone and saline).
- However, some patients have had the same implants for 30 to 40 years without trouble.
- Although modern Motiva implants have a lifetime warranty, many patients decide to change their implants in order to “refresh” the appearance of their breasts, which can change over time due to aging, weight changes, pregnancy, and the like.
How safe are implants?
- Thanks to the special nano surface of Motiva’s implants, the chances of inflammation of the breast tissue surrounding the implant are low.
- The most common area prone to implant rupture is the seal. The seal often consists of a different material.
- But with the Motiva implants, this seal consists of the same material as the rest of the implant and provides equal elasticity in all areas.
How hard can you squeeze and pull Implants?
- The ideal 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. like all invasive surgery. Your Surgeon will make you aware of potential complications during your consultation. This includes general anaesthesia, bleeding (Haematoma), infection, wound healing, deep vein thrombosis, scarring and numbness. Always stay informed and healthy, do not smoke before or after your procedure and read and understand your risks.
How to find the best
Breast surgeon in Melbourne
Your surgical results will depend on the surgeon you choose. Since breast implant is a major procedure, you’ll need a top breast implant plastic surgeon. A reputable breast implant surgeon has the following qualities:
- A Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of ASPS5 star online reviews from patients.
- Extensive experience in different types of breast implant procedures.
- Patient Before and After Photos .
- Empathy and caring with recovery and aftercare.
- A great support team with long term follow up.
Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne Plastic Surgeon – FRCS (Plas)
Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.
How can we help?
Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.
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- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.