Type of implants
Breast implants come in many different shapes, each having different qualities. The 2 most common shapes include:
Round implants give the breasts a “fuller” shape. But can look unnatural in certain circumstances
The implants can be inserted via 3 main ways:
- Under the muscle: The incision in made under the breast, within the folds. This is the most commonly used technique as scars are not very visible, causes the least damage to the milk glands and other breast muscles, and is a relatively easier procedure for the surgeon to perform.
- Above the muscle/Through the nipple: This method is typically not used for breast implants as there is a high chance of damaging the milk glands. However, some patients claim to feel less pain post-surgery for this method
- Through the armpit: This method is the most difficult for the surgeon as the incision point is the furthest from the breast. On the other hand, the scar is relatively well hidden under the armpit and may not be associated with a breast surgery even if noticed. Also, most surgeons will only choose round implants for this method due to the difficulty of the procedure.
As with all surgical procedures, there are some risks involved, some of which may require immediate follow-up surgery. Depending on the individual, possible risks and complications of breast augmentation surgery include:
- Asymmetrical or unnatural looking breasts, depending on how the body adjusts to the implants
- Poor healing, leading to inflammation and infection of surgery wounds
- Deep and thick scarring that does not fade
- Damaged breast tissue and milk glands
- Damaged nerves, leading to reduced or loss of sensation in the breasts and nipples
- Ruptured and leaking implants