breast implants- a complete guide

One of the major concerns that women have while getting breast implants is how long they will last.

Breast implants don’t last forever that’s why women often want to make a smart choice regarding them. Most women had to get implant removal surgery after 10 to 20 years of the initial surgery. If a woman fails to take care of the implants properly, then she might need early removal.

Today, we are going to talk about breast implants, their lifetime, and other aspects that every woman should know before undergoing breast implant surgery.

What are Breast Implants?

Breast implants are prosthetic medical devices that are used to alter the size, shape, and contours of breasts. They can be used for cosmetic or reconstruction purposes. It means that the breast implants can be used for a patient who wishes to enhance the breast size and for a patient who had a mastectomy (or partial mastectomy) to reconstruct the breasts.

Breast implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit the needs of all women.

Read More- Breast Augmentation Surgery- Best Way to Increase the Breast Size

Different Types of Breast Implants

Breast implants are categorized according to the material used as a filler, i.e., saline and silicone. Both these implants are explained below.

1: Saline Breast Implants 

Saline implants are composed of a saline solution and the outer shell is made up of durable silicone material. This type of implant is inserted into the breast pocket through a small incision and then the solution is filled into the implant.

The key benefits of saline breast implants are that they provide greater volume and there is a lower risk of serious complications if an implant ruptures. In case of implant rupture, the saline solution filled in the implant leaks out and gets safely absorbed by the body as it is a sterile saline solution.

One thing that you should know about saline implants is that they create a ripple effect and can also fold around the edges. This can create inconsistencies in the results that may become visible on the sides of the breasts.

2: Silicone Breast Implants 

Silicone implants are composed of a silicone gel for filling with a silicone outer shell. This type of breast implant gives a more natural look and feel compared to its saline counterparts.

The most commonly known silicone implants are gummy bear breast implants. To insert the silicone implants, a relatively larger incision is needed as they are pre-filled. The good thing about this type of implant is that it gives a more natural feel to breast tissues, and it has a lower risk of ripples.

When a silicone implant ruptures, the gel stays within the shell instead of leaking out into the body. But due to this feature, it also becomes difficult to detect the implant rupture.

Sizes & Shapes of Breast Implants

All breast implants are not created equal. The implants are customized in terms of shape and size to accommodate them according to different body types. Three different measurements are required to determine which shape and size of the implant are appropriate for a particular patient.

The measurements are diameter, projection or profile of the implant, and volume (taken in cc).

  • The diameter is the width of the implant.
  • The profile is the projection distance of the implant in the outward direction from the chest wall.
  • Volume is the amount of space occupied by the implant.

Based on these three measurements, the right shape and size of the implant are chosen. The shapes of implants include:

  • Round– The round breast implants are the most commonly used shape. This gives a spherical shape to the breasts and comes in four different sizes ranging from low to high projection. These implants are good to address sagging and give a fuller appearance to the breasts. Moreover, they cost less than teardrop-shaped implants.
  • Teardrop- This type of implant is used to give a more natural shape to the breasts, i.e., slightly lower on the top and fuller at the bottom. If you want to get natural results, then this type of breast implant is suitable. The teardrop shape gives a textured surface to the implants, which ensures that they don’t rotate or distort. But this safety feature also makes teardrop-shaped implants costlier than round implants.

Most women make the choice between these implants based on their personal preferences. So, while you are making the decision, consider all the aspects, including the desired shape, size, and budget, to choose the right type of breast implant.

Also Read- What Should You Know before getting Breast Implants?

Cost of Breast Implants

The breast implant cost ranges from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 50,000 approximately. The cost varies primarily depending on the type of medical facility. For instance, at private clinics, you will get the implants at a 20% to 30% lower cost than at large hospital chains.

The exact cost of breast implants differs due to the following-

  • Manufacturing and distributing companies– The USA & European implants are costlier than Chinese ones.
  • Texture– A smooth implant costs more than a textured implant.
  • Shape– The teardrop implant costs more than the round implant.
  • Stability– A form stable implant is costlier than a regular implant.

You can ask the plastic surgeon to give you the certificate of the implant that has all the technical details of the implants.

Read MoreBreast Augmentation/Implant Cost in India

Will Your Breast Implants Last A Lifetime? 

No, breast implants do not last a lifetime. And you should never plan to keep the same implants for a lifetime. Every implant has a limited lifetime that varies based on the material used and the patient’s body. As your body ages, the breast tissues will stretch out and sag. This will alter the results. Hence, breast implant replacement or removal will be required.

What is the Average Lifespan of Breast Implants?

Breast augmentation is an effective way to enhance breast size. Therefore, breast implants are designed to be long-lasting. Still, the implants are not meant to last a lifetime.

On average, the lifespan of breast implants is more than a decade, with around a 2% chance of rupture. Every year, the risk of breast implant rupture increases by 1%. Hence, the older your implants become, the greater will be the risk of rupture. The overall durability of the implants also depends on how you take care of your breasts.

Generally, the best-quality implants can remain in good shape for about 20 years with proper care. But every patient is different and the durability of these products depends on your body and how well you take care of them.

If you’ve had breast implant surgery 10 years ago or earlier than that, you should talk to a plastic surgeon to get them analyzed and see if they need to be replaced. To have a free consultation with the best plastic surgeons, you can call Pristyn Care and talk to our medical care coordinators.

Why Are Breast Implants Removal Needed?

Over the years, there can be some side effects of breast implants. It can lead to complications and breast implant removal may become a necessity. Some of the common reasons why breast implant removal is considered important are explained below.

1: Hardening or Capsular Contracture 

Scar tissues form in the body as a part of the healing process. When the implants are placed inside the body, they are identified as foreign objects. Due to this, the body starts scar tissue formation as a capsule around the implant to isolate it and prevent it from harming the body’s function.

Generally, the capsule of scar tissue helps to keep the breast implants in place and prevent them from slipping. However, in some cases, the scar tissue can harden and contract. This is called capsular contracture or hardening.

It can lead to pain, tightness, tenderness, or abnormal cosmetic changes around the breasts. This can happen to only one or both breasts without any obvious symptoms in the early stages.

2: Saline Implant Rupture 

A saline implant rupture is another reason to get the implant removed. When saline breast implants rupture, they get deflated quickly and the saline solution spreads in the body. The good thing is that the saline is harmless and absorbed by the body.

But as soon as the saline leaks out, the breast loses its shape and size. As a result, removal or replacement of the implant will be required.

3: Silicone Implant Rupture 

When a silicone implant ruptures, it is called a “silent rupture.” It is because it is difficult to tell whether an implant has ruptured just by looking at it. When a silicone implant ruptures, the gel stays within the implant or around the outer shell.

You may notice that the implant has ruptured with reduced or uneven breast size. The breast sensations may also change and you may experience numbness, swelling, or tingling around the implants.

4: Ripple or Palpable Implants 

As the implants are not made of solid material, they can ripple. Palpability will also exist,  meaning you will be able to feel the ripples when you touch the breasts. In rare cases, these changes also become visible through the skin.

These ripples can cause dissatisfaction. If you see these ripples and feel that they are not in proper shape, you can consider replacement or removal.

5: Position Changes 

Getting breast implants will not prevent the breasts from sagging. And when the breasts sag, the muscles underneath will also stretch, resulting in position changes of the breast implants.

One breast may also hang lower than the other and other problems like nipples pointing in different directions may also occur in the upcoming years.

Tips To Take Care of Breast Implants & Increase Their Lifespan

To improve the longevity of the breast implants, you must start taking care of them right after the surgery. To minimize the chances of risks and complications, you need to dedicate a lot of time and effort, not just during recovery but also after that.

1: Follow the Post-Surgery Instructions Strictly 

The downtime after breast implant surgery is only a few days. However, you will have to follow a lot of instructions to recover faster and keep the implants safe.

  • Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and blood-thinning medications as they can impair the healing process.
  • Do not sleep on your sides or stomach for at least 6 weeks.
  • Avoid wearing an underwire bra for 6 weeks.
  • Do not jump, run, or perform any vigorous activities that can impact the breasts greatly and dislodge the implants.

2: Smooth Into Activities 

Most of the healing and scar tissue formation around the implants occur in the first two months after the surgery. So, make sure that you don’t resume all activities at once. Ease back into the physical activities and exercises.

  • In the first week, resume walking, sitting, and climbing stairs as long as it is not painful.
  • In the second week, you can resume light cardio and low-impact exercises, such as walking on a treadmill.
  • By the 3rd week, you can start incorporating exercises that minimally impact the upper body. If it hurts, you should stop and wait for a while to try again.
  • By the 6th week, the pain and swelling will subside completely and you will be able to resume normal exercises. Start lightly and gradually work your way up to resume your normal routine.

Many women try to rush their recovery by resuming many activities earlier than suggested. But that can impact the healing of the external incisions and the formation of scar tissue internally.

3: Try to Avoid Large Weight Fluctuations 

After getting breast implants, you have to exercise regularly and take a healthy diet to maintain the results. As you gain weight, the breasts will start to sag, compromising the surgery’s results.

In some cases, weight gain may be unavoidable, such as in pregnancy. In such cases, you should know that the results of breast implant surgery will alter. If you don’t feel happy with the post-pregnancy breast size and shape, you can consider getting a breast lift with implants.

4: Support the Breasts & the Implants 

After getting implants, your breasts are going to need a lot of support. During the recovery, the surgeon will recommend using a compression bra to support the weight, reduce swelling, and keep the breast implants in the proper place.

But you’ll have to support the breasts over the long term by wearing good quality and proper fitting bra. This will help to lower the impact of gravity on the breasts, prevent premature sagging, and prevent dislodging of the implants during excessive movements.

Schedule Your Free Consultation for Breast Enlargement Today

If you wish to get breast implants to enlarge the size of your breasts, you should consult the best breast surgeons. At Pristyn Care, we have an in-house team of highly experienced plastic surgeons who are well-trained in all types of breast surgeries, including breast implant surgery.

You can schedule your consultation with our breast surgeons for free by giving us a call. We not only provide free consultations but also offer other cost-saving services to our patients. Our No-Cost EMI service is also very beneficial for patients who wish to undergo cosmetic surgeries.

To learn more about our services, give us a call.

Disclaimer: The Cost mentioned in this blog is what Pristyn Care charges as per the City and Treatment and this cost may vary as well depending on the other factors which increase and decrease the cost. The market cost of the treatment may vary depending upon the healthcare service provider and the functional city.

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