Breast augmentation surgery that improves the shape and size of breasts by placing implants in them is quite popular procedure and millions of women undergo this procedure every year to enhance the appearance of their breasts. Despite of its popularity and demand, there are some important factors associated with the procedure of breast augmentation that are important to consider before going under the knife. Breast augmentation surgery involves the placement of breast implants in the breasts and some women require replacement of breast implants. Here we will discuss the factors associated with breast implants that can make you replace breast implants.
Breast implants are artificial bodies that come in different types varying in shapes, sizes and texture. The most commonly used types of implants are silicone gel implants and saline implants. The implants need replacement after certain period of time that varies according to the life span of each implant and sometimes also the condition of patient. There are certain complications associated with breast implants that require revision surgery or replacement or removal of breast implants. Some of them are given below.
After the placement of implants, fibrous scar tissues are collected around the breast implants during healing process. This occurs because of body’s natural reaction to the foreign object. With the passage of time, the scar tissue shrinks that is known as capsular contracture. The level of shrinkage varies from patient to patient and in some of the cases this capsular contracture squeezes the breast implant and makes it feel hard. This condition may also cause pain or discomfort in the breasts. If it is not resolved on its own, patient may require having revision surgery to resolve it.
Rupture is the breakage of implant shell that may occur as the result of weakening of shell with the passage of time. It may also occur due to damage caused to implant during surgery, some defect in the implant or due to injury to breast. Previously used implants had thin walls as compared to those that are in use these days and therefore they had more risk of rupture. The symptoms of implant rupture include swelling, redness, lumpiness and tenderness in breasts. After your breast implant ruptures, you need to replace it with another one or remove it. In case of saline implants, leakage does not cause any damage as body absorbs the saline solution. On the other hand, silicone implant rupture can cause problems. This is because silicone gel may spread in the breasts causing development of small lumps. This can be uncomfortable for patient. This is the reason that saline implant rupture is known as silent rupture while silicone gel implant is not.
In short, breast augmentation surgery – when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon – is highly beneficial surgery but you may need replacement of breast implants because of many factors. So, it is important to discuss this issue with your surgeon and have MRIs after getting implants regularly so that any changes become noticeable.