Do breast prostheses are only made up of silicon?
Current and safe prostheses are formed of two layers. It can be considered as an outer sheath like a balloon and material filling the inside. The outer layer is usually covered with a hard silicon or polyurethane substance, and the inner part is filled with silicon derivatives or serum that is softer and more fluidal. In the first generation prostheses, mosses, soy oil and similar materials have been used to provide softness, however they are not being used today.
Does breast prosthesis burst?
Of course not… Breast prostheses are extremely resistant to pressure. It is quite hard for you to burst it even by bouncing on it. Therefore, you may get on a plane for travelling 2-3 days after the operation, or you may perform scuba diving two weeks after the operation.
Subfacial? Under the muscle?Or subcutaneous? Which one to choose?
You can receive the best answer to this question after you are examined by a physician. Criteria like the difference between the breast tissue and the shape, lifestyle of the patient etc. influence the choice. Subcutaneous may be inappropriate for a patient having thin skin and small amount of breast tissue. Under the muscle might be a wrong choice for a sportswoman who uses her arm actively. Making the decision with your physician will let you proceed safely and would yield permanent results.
Are there other techniques present for breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation may also be performed with fat injection, which is among the approved techniques. Of course, you would have to have sufficient amount of residual fat. Though there are many products in the market claiming that they augment your breasts, they are mostly estrogen originated substances and instead of increasing the breast volume, they make provide hardness to your breasts give you the sensation of bulginess. There are also some filling materials that can be injected to your breasts, however they are not recommended since they lead to the development of deformities in the long term.
Are breast prostheses permanent ?
Manufacturers of breast prostheses recommend that implants should be changed every 10 years. In the recent years, according to the general opinion of plastic surgeons, it is not necessary to change the implants as long as they do not lead to deformities or problems in the breasts. On the other hand, it should be noted that the shape of the breasts of patients who had undergone breast augmentation operation may change with weight changes, lifestyle and additional diseases. In these cases, additional surgical support may be needed
Which prosthesis shape is better ?
We can find the right answer according to the shape of your breasts, required form and the anatomical placement. There are two main forms as teardrop and round. Though teardrop shaped prostheses bear the disadvantage of rotating in time, they are appropriate for patients who require minimal décolleté fullness. For patients who require décolleté fullness and more prominent breast contours, round breast prostheses area superior option.
Does breast prosthesis intervene with mammography?
Since breast prosthesis is placed behind the breast tissue, it will not intervene with mammography. However, the process may be more difficult. For patients who want to have breast prosthesis implanted with a family history of breast cancer, having a mammography taken beforehand will facilitate the work of radiologists. Alternatively, MRI is recommended since it is a pain-free method and evaluates the breast better.
Will I suffer from back pain if I have breast prosthesis implanted?
The average size of a breast is around 250-300 gand it is around one kilogram in patients suffering from back pain. Prostheses that are used in patients whom require an average size are 250-400 g. Prostheses with reasonable sizes do not lead to back pain. Most of the patients get used to the prosthesis like a part of their own bodies.
Can women with breast prostheses breastfeed ?
Yes, they certainly can breastfeed their babies. Implants that are placed to the subfacial plane and under the muscle are quiet far from the milk ducts; in fact, it is not shown that silicone content gets into the milk ducts even if they are placed subcutaneously. Women who has not undergone an operation may not be able provide breast milk, as well. Therefore, the reason for not providing breast milk following the operation is not clear yet.