On average, tear drop implants tend to last approximately 15 years, with round implants lasting approximately 10 years, depending on the individual and other factors.
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HAVING A PROCEDURE
Breast Augmentation with Dr Beldholm
There are many options for your surgery and these will be discussed with you during your consultation. Our doctors will recommend an option that is customised for you and your body, having performed thousands of surgical procedures over the past decade.
The decision to undergo any surgery will be made after it has been determined that it is safe for you to do so and that the results will match your expectations. By the end of the consultation your questions and doubts will be answered so you can make an informed decision.
If you decide to proceed, our team will collaborate with you on designing a personalised treatment plan, scheduling a convenient date and location for your surgery, and providing all preoperative and post-operative instructions.
New breast augmentation techniques have improved on older methods. For example, the ’24 hour recovery technique’ described by Dr Tebbetts has demonstrated that some patients feel well enough to resume light activities within 24 hours and full exercise four weeks after surgery. This method also eliminates the need to wear drains after the operation. Regardless of the technique a doctor uses, patients can still expect swelling, tenderness, bruising and discomfort during the recovery process. These effects are most pronounced in the first few days to weeks and then gradually begin to subside in most cases. Individual differences in healing and post-operative complications can slow the healing process. Your doctor will follow up with you at regular intervals to ensure you are healing as expected.
Most of our patients describe the post-surgery feeling as pressure rather than pain, similar to having done a heavy chest workout at the gym. The duration of this discomfort will depend on the size of implant and may also vary among patients, younger women with tighter chest skin may feel discomfort for longer than older women with looser chest skin. Some discomfort is expected after surgery, and patients usually take painkillers for 3-4 days post-surgery.
Recovery from a breast augmentation will vary for each individual. In the majority of patients the recovery is quick. Generally speaking, most patients can expect:
Some discomfort for the first few days or weeks that varies from patient to patient.
Ability to lift your arms up above your head within a few days.
Procedure is a hospital day stay only.
Most patients only need minimal pain medications.
No drains are required.
You are provided with 2 compression garments.
Breast massaging is not required.
No strapping required.
If you have a non physical job, then you should be able to go back to work in 3-5 days postoperatively.
Full exercise after 4 weeks
Follow Up Care
Your procedure is not considered complete until your doctor has met with you to follow up after your operation. He will ensure that the healing process has gone according to plan and that all the expectations discussed in your one-on-one consultation have been met.
You will generally see the doctor on the day after the operation and also in 1 month, 3 months and 6 months following surgery. These appointments are included in the surgical fee. It can take a year or more for the surgical scars to mature. Patients without a family history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring generally find the breast augmentation scars are well-hidden and fade to a fine line in most cases.
The breast will initially feel firm. This firmness will start settling at around 6 months. Once you reach 12 months your breasts should be soft and move naturally. Individual differences in healing and skin elasticity can impact how long it takes for the breasts to settle into their final position.
What is a Breast Augmentation?
Breast Augmentation is a cosmetic procedure designed to increase the size, shape and volume in breasts using Breast Implants. Many women want to enhance their breasts so they are more in proportion with their body. However size is not the only issue that a breast augmentation can help with. It can also improve breast asymmetry or restore volume after breastfeeding.
How do I know which implant is right for me?
At Cosmos Aesthetics, we believe that the shape of your breasts after breast implants will be determined by the natural shape of your existing breasts and the size and placement of the implants, NOT by the shape of the implant.
The implant type and size depends on factors such as how much bigger you want your breasts to be, your breast anatomy, skin thickness and elasticity, and body type. Together, you and your doctor will select the options that are best suited for you and most likely to achieve the results you desire.
Tear Drop ‘Anatomical’ shaped or Round shaped breast implants are the two main shapes of breast implants available.
As the implant is, as the name suggests, shaped like a teardrop, there is more fullness in the lower half of the implant. Therefore, the implant more closely mimics the natural breast shape and creates a smooth, tapered upper pole transition for a natural contour of the breast, and is better suited to more breast types than a round implant.
Round implants are the more commonly used implants and typically achieve more upper pole fullness.
Round breast implants feel softer than tear drop implants. Round implants tend to take on a natural shape when implanted, as they form a tear drop shape when a woman is standing.
How is implant placement determined?
Usually, breast augmentation implants are surgically inserted utilising one of three traditional incisions:
the inframammary incision
the periareolar incision
All of these incisions allow the implant to be placed either submuscular (below the chest muscle) or subglandular (between the chest muscle and your breast tissue). No one incision and placement is right for every woman. Therefore, by knowing your options and discussing them with your doctor, together you can decide upon the best combination for you. The inframammary incision is made in the skin fold below the breast, and the breast implant is inserted through this incision. The breast tissue is minimally disturbed, and the remaining incision scar is concealed within the fold of skin under the breast. The periareolar incision is made along the edge of the coloured area around the nipple, and the breast implant is inserted through this incision. The incision scar is well camouflaged in this area. The transaxillary incision is made in the armpit and the implant is inserted through this incision. An additional option that patients with ptotic or sagging breasts may elect to have during the breast implant surgery is a mastopexy (breast lift).
What is the lifespan of a breast implant?
Breast implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. Future surgery is often required to replace one or both implants. As with all surgical procedures, revisional surgery may also be necessary to correct any problems that may develop. On average, tear drop implants tend to last approximately 15 years, with round implants lasting approximately 10 years.