IíM AFRAID OF GETTING BREAST IMPLANTS BECAUSE OF BREAST CANCER
Much has been said and done about breast cancer in patients who have had breast implants, even though, up to this moment it hasnít been proven these prostheses are the cause of breast cancer, rather itís related to genetic phenomenon, environmental problems, tobacco abuse, etc. As a matter of fact, each day more women all around the world are getting breast implants.
ARE THE SCARS TO BIG?
No, on the contrary, scars are very small. There a different techniques to place the implants, and as a result of this there are different scars in different places. They could be right in the limit of the aureole and the skin, they could be in the inframammary crease, or under the arm, even near the navel.
CAN I GET PREGNANT AND BREAST FEED AFTER GETTING BREAST IMPLANTS?
Of course you can, because the area in which the implants are placed will not stop milk production at the glandular level nor obstruct the flow through the nipple, it will not change the quality of the milk, either.
IF I BECOME PREGNANT OR IF I GAIN WEIGHT WILL MY BREAST SAG EVEN WITH THE IMPLANTS?
The implants will increase the volume, turgescence, and firmness or your breast, although when your volume increases the natural weight of the breasts also increases and as for the natural laws of time and gravity, they will cause breasts to sag once again, even though this drooping will be slow and it will take longer than if you hadnít had the implants.
HOW LONG DOES THE SURGERY TAKE?
The surgery takes about an hour and 15 minutes, afterwards the patient stays in the recovery room for 2 more hours, then she can go home.
DO I HAVE TO STAY IN THE HOSPITAL?
No, itís an out patient procedure, this means that after the operation and recovery process you can go home.
HOW MANY TYPES OF IMPLANTS ARE THERE?
There are various types and qualities of implants, depending of the brand and obviously the price.
Now a days textured and filled with silicon gel, or textured inflated with saline solution can be used, or even the ones of polyurethane are returning; in all these we can find different profiles and dimensions according to their volume. The election will rely on the location of the introduction, the surgical technique, the surgeon will recommend the best choice.
DOES THE AREOLE OR THE NIPPLE LOOSE SENSITIVITY AFTER THE SURGERY?
As for my experience I havenít seen permanent lose of sensibility, eventually there could be a discreet lose of sensibility but temporary, sensibility is recovered after a few days, obviously this sensibility lose is caused by the handling and the inflammation of the breast.
Even though, there are some recommendations for your breast after the procedure that should be carefully followed. Remember that you will undergo a surgical intervention, and as in any other one, previously your doctor has to make an evaluation, for this reason it is very important how you choose your doctor. You should choose the doctor who inspires the most confidence and puts you at ease. You should also ask about his academic background, where did he study and for how long, or if you prefer you could make these questions to THE ECUADORIAN SOCIETY OF PLASTIC, AESTHETIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY, and this way find out any academic or postgraduate records. Remember you could encounter pseudo plastic surgeons without academic preparation. Take precautions, itís your own health.
Dr. Fernando Quintana Jedermann