Everything you wanted to know about breast implants

breast implant questionsAt our Buckinghamshire breast augmentation clinic, we get asked many questions about breast implants, and we address all of them in consultation sessions – but if you need your mind putting at rest, here are the key queries we get:

What happens during a breast implant replacement procedure?

The procedure requires removing the implants, along with any scar tissue around the implant. You will be fitted with a drain when the new implant is fitted, but this time the recovery is shorter – about 3 to 5 days.

Does a bigger implant equal a bigger cup size?

If you have been recommended a larger implant, and you’re worried it’s going to leave you top-heavy, don’t panic: the goal with most breast implant procedures is to create a new breast shape in proportion your chest wall diameter, and sometimes a larger implant will be needed to accommodate for the relative lack of breast tissue you may have.

Do breast implants really need to be inserted below the muscle?

Yes, for three reasons: they look more natural and feel better if placed below the muscle, the implants will stay softer for much longer, and they don’t obscure mammogram tests.

Do you have to fill saline implants to their maximum?

Yes. An under-filled implant causes a higher chance of deflation or rupture.

Why would a ruptured silicone gel implant need to be replaced?

Because a ruptured silicone implant could cause small masses in the breast, which could than disseminate throughout the area.

How long should an implant last?

Providing that nothing has happened to rupture the implant, or you haven’t decided to change the size or shape of your breasts, it is recommended that all implants – be they silicone or saline – should last between the 10 and 15 years.


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