In today’s world, well-formed breasts are a beauty statement. There are some who are naturally endowed with breasts that are larger than average, and there are those who need a little help. Over the years, breast augmentation using implants has been a popular procedure. Most of the procedures are for cosmetic purposes, but there are some women who had undergone a mastectomy due to a disease or injury, that require the procedure to regain their feminine form.
What are breast implants?
Breast implants are devices that are surgically implanted underneath the skin and tissues of the breasts to gain a size increase. Implants are made from different materials, such as saline and silicone. Saline implants have elastomer silicone shells filled with a saline solution. Silicone implants use the same material for the shell but contain a viscous silicone gel instead. Some implants contain other materials such as soy oil or polypropylene. However, polypropylene implants have since been banned in the US and Europe for health reasons.
How is breast augmentation performed?
Before the procedure, the surgeon will determine the type and size of implants to be used. The patient will first be administered local or general anesthesia before the surgeon performs any incisions.
There are several types of incisions used in breast implants. The most common are the periareolar incision (near the areola), inframammary incision (below the breasts), and transaxillary incision (near the armpits).
If required, the surgeon may opt to use a tissue expander, which is a temporary prosthesis that helps creates a pocket for the permanent implants. Once the breasts are fully prepared, the surgeon will insert the implants, arrange them as required, and then close the incision.
In some cases, the patient is permitted to return home after spending a few hours recovering at the clinic. After about six weeks, scars can be expected to develop, but these will fade after a few months. If the implants are placed underneath the chest muscles, the recovery period will be longer.
Benefits of breast implants
Women who undergo breast augmentation using implants benefit from the procedure in several ways. The obvious benefit is aesthetic reasons, but the implants can also give a woman a more proportionate appearance. For instance, small breasts make the lips seem larger, but with implants, the breasts become proportional with the size of the hips.
A woman also benefits psychologically, especially if the society she functions in places a higher regard on a woman’s figure. Her self-esteem will develop because she can easily fit-in the world she lives in.
Costs of Breast Augmentation
The costs of this type of procedure will mostly be determined by the skills of the surgeon, the type of implants used, and the reputation of the facility. The average costs in the United States will be around $12,000.
If the amount concerns you, your best option would be to travel to Tijuana, Mexico where we at MEDAC Medical Clinic can perform the procedure at a fraction of the cost. On top of that, you can be assured that you will be under the care of highly experienced surgeons and medical personnel with access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.