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Author: Leila Tan|2023-7-24

Choosing a breast implant is a big choice. So it is important to know all the necessary information about breast implant surgery before going through one. This blog will provide the basic important information and you may consult a doctor for more information as well.

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Introduction

If you are considering breast implants, you have probably already done a lot of research on the topic. There are many different types of breast implants available on the market, and it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. In this article, we will introduce you to the different types of breast implants you can choose from.

* Saline implants are the most common type of breast implants. They are made of a silicone shell filled with sterile saline water.

* Textured implants are made of a silicone shell with a textured surface. They are designed to minimize the risk of capsular contracture, which is a complication that can occur with other types of implants.

* Smooth implants are made of a silicone shell with a smooth surface. They are the softest type of implant available and are less likely to cause rippling.

* Cohesive implants are made of a silicone gel that is thick and sticky. They are the newest type of implant on the market and are designed to minimize the risk of leakage.

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The Different Types of Breast Implants

Having an understanding which type of implant best suits you can be crucial to achieving the desired results. Each type of implant offers different benefits and risks, so it’s important to weigh your options and talk to your doctor before making a decision.

The two main types of implants you can choose from are saline implants and silicone implants.

Saline breast implants

Saline implants are filled with a saltwater solution and are usually less expensive than silicone implants. They’re also considered safer because if they leak, the saline solution will be absorbed by the body without causing any harm.

Silicone breast implants

Silicone implants, on the other hand, are filled with a gel-like material that feels more natural and lasts longer than saline implants. However, if a silicone implant does leak there could be long-term health risks.

Cohesive implant

Another type of implant is a cohesive implant, also known as a gummy bear breast implant. They are made of a thicker, gel-like material that is designed to stay in place even if the implant leaks. However, cohesive implants may not be as soft or as natural looking as silicone implants.

Textured implants

Finally, there are also textured implants, which have a textured surface to help reduce the risk of capsular contracture, which is a complication that can occur with other types of implants.

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Breast implant shape

Anatomic (Teardrop) Implants

Anatomic (teardrop) implants are designed to have a natural appearance and shape. The shape of these implants is tapered at the top and thicker at the bottom, which is designed to mimic the natural shape of a woman’s breasts. These implants are available in both saline and silicone.

Anatomic implants are most often used for patients who want to achieve a natural-looking result and for those who are looking for a moderate amount of volume. These implants can also be used on patients with tuberous breasts and those who have had a previous breast implant or a mastopexy (breast lift).

However, due to their shape, anatomic implants can be more difficult to place and adjust than other types of implants. Furthermore, these implants are more prone to rotation and may not always stay in place. Additionally, because these implants have a more complex shape, they cannot be filled after implantation, so the desired volume and shape need to be decided before the surgery.

Round Implants

Round implants are the most popular type of implants and are ideal for those who want a fuller look. These implants come in both saline and silicone and can be filled to the desired volume after implantation. Additionally, round implants are much easier to place and adjust than anatomic ones.

Round implants are ideal for women who want a larger bust and a more dramatic transformation. However, while they can provide a lot of volume, they can create a less natural shape than anatomic implants. Furthermore, because round implants are filled after implantation, there is no guarantee that the breasts will be symmetrical.

Like all types of implants, round implants cannot give you a perfect result, but they can certainly help you achieve your desired look. Be sure to speak to your surgeon about which type of implant is best for your body and aesthetic goals.

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Your body type

When it comes to selecting the right type of breast implants, your body type should be a major determining factor in making your choice. Different body types have different needs and require different implants to achieve the desired result.

Choose implants that are tailored to your body type and will provide you with a natural-looking shape. Women with different body types may require different types of implants to look their best. It’s important to know your body type, so you can select the appropriate breast implant for you.

Here are a few body types and their corresponding implant choices:

Petite frame

Women with small frames may need a smaller implant size and might want to avoid too much roundness and projection.

Athletic body

Women with an athletic build may want implants that are fuller to give the body more curves.

Top-heavy body

Women with a top-heavy build may want implants that are designed to be wider and flatter to achieve good balance with their figure.

Curvy body

Women with a curvier body should choose implants designed to add definition and fullness.

Be sure to consult your surgeon and get their advice as to which type of implant is best suited for you.

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The size and shape of your breasts

Once you have selected a type of breast implant, you will also need to decide the size and shape of your implants. There are different sizes available and implants come in many shapes. Depending on your body type, you may need to choose a larger or smaller size. You may also want a round shape or one that is a bit more natural looking.

Your surgeon will be able to give you advice on the size and shape of your implants. They will provide you with options and explain how each size and shape may work for you. They should also discuss the potential risks and side-effects associated with each implant size and shape.

When deciding the size and shape of your implants, it is essential to keep in mind that the implants must be symmetrical. They should both measure the same size, even if it is a different shape. This will give you a more natural, symmetrical outcome. In addition, you need to consider the surrounding tissue and the amount of coverage the implants will provide. Your implants should provide a good, even level of coverage across your chest region.

At the end of the day, what is most important is your comfort and satisfaction with the implants. Make sure you speak to your surgeon and express any questions or concerns you may have. They will be able to provide you with more advice and help you pick the right size and shape of implants for your body type.

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Your skin tone

Your skin tone is an important factor to consider when selecting breast implants. You'll want to make sure the color of your implants complements your skin tone and natural breast color. If your skin tone or breast color changes after the surgery, it may be difficult to blend in.

Typically, there are two types of implants that take skin tone into account – opaque and clear. Opaque implants have a more uniform color, while clear implants are more transparent and mimic your natural breast color more closely. If you are choosing opaque implants, then you may want to take into account your skin tone. Light-toned skins look better with lighter-colored implants, while darker-toned skins look better with darker implants. Similarly, if you are choosing clear implants, then you may consider choosing a clear implant that is either lighter or darker than your natural breast color.

Choosing the right implants for your skin tone is important for getting the desired natural look you’re after. Speak to your surgeon about the ideal implant for your skin tone and ask to see a variety of samples. This way, you can make the most informed decision when choosing the perfect implants for your body.

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The look you want to achieve

When you look in the mirror and imagine your ideal body, it’s important to choose implants that will help you achieve that perfect look you’ve been dreaming of. This means thinking about what size and shape of breast implants you want.

Do you want a contoured, teardrop shape to give the best natural look, or are you looking for round, smooth implants for a more voluminous look? Are you looking for a subtle enhancement of your existing curves, or do you want a dramatic change? The type of implant you choose can have a big impact on the final results.

Your surgeon will help you decide on the best shape and size for your body, taking into account your existing breast shape and size, and the look you want to achieve. It’s important to look at before-and-after photos of other women who have had breast augmentation surgery with similar implants to get an idea of the type of results you can expect to see. This will help ensure you make the right choice.

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Your lifestyle

Your lifestyle is an important factor to consider when choosing the right type of implants, as it will affect the way the implants age over time. Significant physical activities can cause premature wear and tear of breast implants, therefore those with a more active lifestyle should choose an implant type that is resistant to stress and wear.

Textured implants are often recommended for those with an active lifestyle as they’re designed to minimize movement. Smooth implants on the other hand, are more prone to shifting and rippling over time and may not be the best choice for those who engage in vigorous activities. It’s also important to consider any upcoming events in your life, such as weddings and important photo opportunities. The time it takes for your implants to fully settle will vary and depending on when your event is, you may need to plan your procedure accordingly to ensure you’re happy with the final results.

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The recommendations of your plastic surgeons

After you have considered all of the important factors and have an idea of which type of implant that you would like, it is time to turn to your surgeon for advice. Every patient’s needs and preferences are unique, so it is important to discuss your options in detail with your surgeon. They will know the different advancements and techniques which have been developed over the years, allowing you to make an informed decision.

Breast augmentation cost

Since there is no one-cup-fits-all solution, there are numerous factors that influence how much breast augmentation costs in Singapore. You will need to pay more for the more involved operation if you want a noticeable result. In Singapore, the price range for breast augmentation treatments is reportedly between $10,000 and $16,000. Consulting plastic surgeon, anesthesia, breast surgery, the implant, medications, post surgery, breast bands, location and day surgery are the few elements that are included in the overall cost of the surgery.

Recovery

The recovery process after breast implant surgery typically takes around 4-6 weeks. During this recovery time, it is important to stick to the aftercare instructions provided to you by the surgeon. The most common experience for patients is some soreness, swelling, and discomfort during the first few days after the surgery. To reduce this discomfort, use cold compresses to soothe the area, as well as over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

It is also important to get plenty of rest, avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities, and avoid taking long hot showers. As the swelling and pain start to subside, try to remain active and move around, but do not overdo it. Once the recovery process is complete, the patient can expect to see the desired results. It is important to understand that the results may not be immediate, as it can take several weeks for the breasts to settle into the desired shape and size.

Risks and Complications

When considering breast implants, it is important to be aware of the risks and complications associated with the surgery. Although the majority of patients have successful breast implant procedures with minimal complications, there can still be risks involved.

Risks of breast implants may include reactions to the anesthesia, infections and bleeding, scar tissue formation, hardening around the implant, implant ruptures, as well as the need for future follow-up surgeries. Though complications are rare, it is still important to discuss all possible risks and complications with your doctor before undergoing breast implant surgery. Additionally, be sure to adhere to any post-surgical recovery instructions in order to reduce the risk of complications and ensure successful results.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, if you are considering breast implants, it is important to research the different types available and understand the associated risks and benefits. It is also important to discuss your decision and concerns with a qualified plastic surgeon, to understand all of the possible risks and complications. Additionally, you must follow all post-surgical recovery instructions to get the best results from breast implants.

It's important to remember that the results may vary from patient to patient, so what looks best for one person may not look the same for everyone. Each patient should also consider their individual needs and preferences when selecting a breast implant. Ultimately, what's best for you will depend on your body type, lifestyle, and desired results.

FAQ

What is the ideal time for me to start massaging my breast implants?

Massaging your breasts after getting implants is crucial. I advise my patients to start this one week following surgery. During the post-operative consultation, I will provide you further detailed instructions.

Can I breastfeed while having implants?

You can nurse while you have implants, however it does depend on their size, location, and the kind of surgery you underwent. You shouldn't have any issues nursing if the incisions are made through your armpit or under your breast fold.

Does getting breast implants cause pain?

Not as unpleasant as you might imagine. In fact, the discomfort experienced during recuperation is so little that it may be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol.

What is a breast implant illness?

Breast implant illness (BII) is a term used to describe a broad variety of symptoms that may appear following breast implant surgery for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes. For BII, there is no recognised medical diagnosis. Fatigue, joint pain, mental fog, dry eyes, and numerous other health issues are possible symptoms.

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