Breast Implants

Breast ImplantsA woman’s breasts define her femininity, and because of the difference in size, shape, and color, breasts help define a woman’s individuality as well. But as she ages, a woman’s breasts undergo changes as a result of this aging process (loss of skin elasticity and weakened supersensory ligaments in the areola) and also genetics, childbirth and breast feeding, and weight and hormonal fluctuations. For this reason, many women choose to undergo a breast implant procedure performed by a skilled breast implant surgeon.

Using a medical scalpel and a handful of other medical tools, a breast implant surgeon can help a woman who decides to undergo this surgical implant procedure do so while minimizing the medical risks involved. A medical implant surgeon can also help the patient make important decisions such as the use of saline or silicone in the breast implants, the position of the areola and nipple following the surgery, and explain the recovery process and the risks involved.

Breast augmentation and implants alone can not correct the problems mentioned above. For this reason the breast implant procedure is often paired with breast lift procedure, which corrects those issues. An implant surgeon performs a breast lift with implants to help increase the size of the breast with the use of silicone or saline implants and also lift the breast and areola to a more youthful position.

There are three general incision types that an implant surgeon would use with their medical scalpel in order to insert the implants in the breast during the breast implant procedure. They are the areolar (around the areola), inframamary (under the breast), and transaxillary (side of the breast and under the armpit). There are also three lift techniques the implant surgeon will use when pairing a lift with implants. The implant surgeon will use his scalpel and other medical tools to create an areolar incision, a vertical incision, or an anchor incision. These three procedures will determine how much and where the extra skin for the lift will be removed after the implants are in the breast and the final position of the areola.

An implant and lift surgery may take two to four hours. The implant surgeon will generally give the patient a medical anesthesia so they are asleep for the procedure, and will draw guidelines on the breast for the incisions. The implant surgeon selects the incision from the list above and uses a scalpel to dissect the breast in preparation for the implant and lift.

The implant surgeon will then create a pocket in which the breast implant will be placed. The surgeon will then place the implant. Silicone implants are already filled; a saline implant will need to be filled to the correct volume to achieve the cup size desired by the patient.

The first part of the procedure, the implant, is completed. Next the implant surgeon will get to work on the second part of the procedure, the lift. With a medical scalpel the surgeon will make another incision around the areola and with a variety of medical tools will remove the excess skin from the breast. The implant surgeon will then reposition the areola and suture it in place, and then will begin to pull the skin around the breast tight and close the incisions made with a scalpel.

From here we’ll go on to the recovery and covering some of the medical risks involved with breast implant procedures with lifts performed by implant surgeons, and dive deeper into the differences between saline implants and silicone implants to increase breast size and shape.