While popular media tends to portray breast augmentation in a purely cosmetic light, the truth is there are a number of reasons why you might consider getting breast implant surgery yourself. Breast implants can be used to increase, reduce, or restore breast volume, used to reconstruct breasts following surgery or trauma, or can be used to boost confidence and feel more at home in your body. Those leaning towards breast implants may be familiar with the high rate of satisfaction and manageable recovery, but they do come with some lesser known secrets, which we’ll cover below.
5 LESSER KNOWN SECRETS
- Implants Don’t Last Forever. While breast implants do not expire, they also won’t last forever. The average saline or silicone implant is designed to last between 10-20 years, but up to 20% of individuals will change theirs out within that 8-10 year mark. This is due to a variety of reasons, including the development of scar tissue, and implant malfunctions (leakage, deflation, ruptures, rippling, position changes). The materials used in breast implants are deemed safe by the FDA, but like any other medical device, they will need to eventually be replaced when/if an issue presents itself.
- Implants Can be Damaged by Trauma. While breast implants are designed to withstand day-to-day activities, they do not react well to direct trauma. If you experience a direct blow to your chest or a sudden change in pressure, you may damage your implants and cause them to rupture. This can lead to leakage of the implant’s contents, increased scarring and rippling of the implant itself, or changes in skin texture or shape. An example of significant trauma could be an auto accident where the airbag deploys directly into the chest, rupturing the implants. If you experience significant trauma to your chest area, it is important to seek medical attention immediately and have your implants properly evaluated for potential damage.
- A Full Recovery Takes Time. It’s understandable that you’d be eager to get back to your regular activities after breast implant surgery, but it’s important to understand that a full recovery takes time. Breast implant surgery is major surgery, and your body will need time to rest, heal, and adjust to the new changes in your chest area. This means that you will need to take some time off from work and from athletic activities, while avoiding heavy lifting for a period of several weeks. It is also key to remember that your body will change during this recovery period, so be sure to keep yourself properly hydrated, eat well, and get plenty of rest. If you are experiencing any side effects or discomfort, make sure to reach out and speak with your plastic surgeon about pain management recommendations.
- You’ll Need to Massage Your Breasts After Surgery. One of the secrets to a successful breast implant surgery is proper management of your chest area after surgery. Doing breast massages is an important step in the healing process, as this helps keep your chest tissue soft and pliable, which leads to a smoother recovery. It can also help reduce the risk of capsular contracture, which is a build-up of scar tissue around the implant that can lead to painful changes in shape and texture of your breasts. You will need to perform massages at home for several months, and should be done following the guidelines provided by one of our plastic surgeons.
- You’ll Want to Rethink Going Braless. Many women love the feeling of being braless, and while this may be possible after your implant surgery, it is not recommended in the early stages of recovery. Breast implant surgery can be very painful, and going without a bra during this time may lead to significant discomfort. It is recommended that you wear a soft, supportive bra at all times in the early post-operative period, and that you avoid any activities or situations where your implants might be put at risk. This includes contact sports, working out, vigorous housework, or any other activity that puts stress on your chest.
If you are considering breast augmentation and would like more information, please contact us, or by calling 407-629-5555. Our team of experts can answer any questions you may have about the surgery, the recovery process, or what to expect after surgery. We want to help you make an informed decision about whether breast implants are right for you, and we are here to support you every step of the way.