Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States today. Women have implants put in for a variety of reasons. Some wish to expand or add lift to their natural breast. Others have had mastectomies, and still others desire to correct asymmetry. Whatever the reason, today’s breast implants are considered extremely safe and effective. They are not, however, expected to last a lifetime. Most manufacturers project that their implants will need to be replaced at about 10 years, on average.
There are three types of implants available today: silicone, saline, and the new “gummy bear” implants. Each has specific pros and cons. Dr. Rast will review each type of implant, and help you determine which choice is the best for your specific situation. Saline implants are the least expensive. They are filled with a sterile saline solution and provide good results. Silicone provides the most “natural” feeling breast after implantation. “Gummy bear” implants are harder and may hold their shape longer than other types of implants.
Signs Your Implants Need Replacing
It’s impossible to predict accurately when, or even if, a patient will eventually need implant replacement, but regular follow-up care will help determine if it becomes necessary. Over time, the outer shell of the implant may become worn and rupture. The signs of a rupture differ between the types of implants. When saline is released into the body, it tends to be absorbed, so you may experience a “deflation” on the side with the rupture. Silicone is not readily absorbed into the body, but it may shift. Regularly scheduled MRIs can determine if a silicone implant needs replacement. Like silicone, “gummy bear” implants must be monitored to determine if a rupture has occurred.
Appointments Available in Kansas City
Kansas City patients can call Dr. Rast today at (913) 451 – 3722 or schedule a free consultation online and our team will be happy to walk you through the procedure and answer all your breast augmentation questions today. If you’re not happy with your shape, call us now!