It is estimated that around 30,000 breast augmentation procedures are carried out in the UK per year. Out of this, of about 4,500 operations conducted are for the breast implants on the NHS during the year of 2012-13, though carried out privately.
Sole Reasons For Using The Breast Implants
- Cosmetic- used to enhance and maintain the shape and the size of the breast
- Reconstructive- reconstruct the breast mound after a mastectomy (the process of removing the breast after treating of breast cancer)
Costing wise the average cost of private breast implant surgery is around £ 3,500-5,000 excluding the follow-up cost of consultations and post operative care may be required in some cases.
Breast Implant Types
Breast implant are prosthetic gel filled implants which are required in performing the breast augmentation surgery. The main types of implants available are gummy bear, silicone, saline, cohesive, round, etc., out of which the silicone and the saline implants are mostly preferred in UK.
Though process is undertaken by keeping in mind the type of associated disadvantages and advantages, which is related to each of the implant types.
Implant Life Expectancy
It is highly normal that the breast implant which is once done, will be requiring the course of change at some point or the other, either in the form of replacement or removal of the scar tissue which may have formed around it eventually.
The normal life expectancy of breast implants is about 10-15 years, which need replacement after that period of time. Though sometimes, they may last longer without any persisting issues, and manufacturers, guaranteeing on certain types of implant don’t rupture throughout the lifetime.
Anesthesia for the breast implant
It takes 60-90 minutes of breast implant surgery, which is usually carried out after general anesthesia.
A cut or opening or incision is being made in the skin next to the treated breast, which the surgeon will pre-discuss before undertaking, so that you diligently agree with him and stay aware of the placement of the scars in the future. Next to the incision the implant is positioned either behind the chest muscle or between the chest muscle and the breast tissue, after which the area is sutured back and covered with a dressing. Either you will be able to go home the same day of the operation or require a one day stay at the hospital overnight.
There will be a thin plastic tube behind the a syringe which will be inserted after cleaning the place with alcohol. It will be connected to a bag of solutions to keep you hydrated.
General anesthesia is generally used or else simply local anesthesia can be applied and you can choose to be awake during the surgical procedure, if comfortable with it.