Breast implant consists of an outer shell and a filling material which can be either silicone or salt water. It is the most common type of cosmetic surgery carried out in the UK. It is also known as breast enlargement, used to enhance size and shape of the breasts for cosmetic reason, which needs to be done privately. Some patients have breast implants to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy (removal of the breast due to breast cancer), this can be done in the NHS. Each breast implant lasts about 10 to 15 years.
Breast implant is typically carried out under general anaesthetic (patient put to sleep), which you are put to sleep, and the whole process takes between 60 and 90 minutes. During the procedure, an incision is made in the skin next to the breast(s). The implant is positioned between your breast tissue and your chest muscle or behind your chest muscle. The cut is then sealed using stitches followed by a dressing. Stitches used may either be dissolvable or need to be manually removed after a certain period of time.
Before deciding to have breast implants, you should obtain relevant information from your GP and note the potential risks and possible costs.
Your surgeon will also talk to through the location of the cuts before the surgery so that you know where the scars will be. You should also discuss whether the surgery will be carried out under local or general anaesthetic. If you are happy with the information that your surgeon has provided, you can then proceed with the breast implant.
As the operation is short, you may be able to go home the same day you have breast implant. It is important to rest and let it heal over few weeks. You may experience swelling and pain at that area. Restricted breathing is also part of the post-surgery effects and you may feel unnatural. This is normal and you will get used to your new breasts slowly. If the pain is overwhelming, you can take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve the pain.
You should be aware of the potential complications, such as infection and bleeding. The surgery may also cause permanent scarring and changes to nipple sensation. In some cases, further surgery may be required to treat the problems from the first surgery.
Your surgeon may want you to attend some postoperative appointments to closely monitor your recovery progress. Remember to ask your surgeon for your implants details – manufacturer, serial and batch number, if your surgeon forgets.
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