Did you know until 2006 saline implants were the only implants available for breast augmentation? After 2006, silicon gel was approved as a material for breast implants taking away many problems associated with previous materials. However, a lot of women did end up taking the saline implant. Unfortunately, most of them do not last a long time and will likely need re-operation for replacement.
How do you know if the implant is deflated?
Saline implants are filled with saltwater. As such, any leakage and deflation will be absorbed in the body. Complete deflation may take a while, ranging from days to even weeks or months. Some common signs of deflation are reduced firmness of the breast, smaller size, and reduced fullness of the breast. These symptoms are generally slow and gradual and it may take you some time to notice them. If you are not sure of a deflation, give it some time and keep checking up every other day or week. If you do see sure signs of deflation, be sure to see a plastic surgeon.
Are deflating implants dangerous?
No, saline implants that are deflating are not dangerous. Since these implants are filled with saltwater, they do not cause any harm to the body. In fact, this is the same kind of saltwater that is found in many IV fluids. Saline implants are manufactured as empty shells and are later filled with IV fluid during implant surgery. If an implant does end up leaking, all it will do is keep you better hydrated.
Is breast revision surgery difficult?
The goal of a breast revision or replacement surgery is to replace the old implant with a new one. It is done for a number of reasons such as changing the material, improvement of appearance, or replacing a leaking implant. Breast revision surgery is not a standard procedure and needs to be customized specifically for the patient's needs. In the case of simple deflation, Breast revision by Dr. Parker would be an ideal option, as it is a quite simple, and safe surgery. There is nothing to worry about. However, in the case of capsular contractures, a more complex and involved surgery may need to be done.
Who will cover the cost of replacement surgery?
Generally, most implants come with a warranty. This means that if your implant ends up leaking within the warranty period, the cost of the replacement surgery will be borne by the company. However, the warranty only covers the cost of the surgery itself, any other related cost will be on the patient. If your implant starts deflating after the warranty period is over, the manufacturer may still provide a free replacement. But all other costs will come out of your patient.
Many women choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery for several reasons. However, at the end of the day, these implants are just devices and need proper care. Over time, deflation of implants affect the overlying breast tissues. This may promote women to go for an upgrade or replacement surgery. Since this is not a routine procedure, the patient should ensure that only a certified and well-trained plastic surgeon performs the surgery.
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