WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU JUST CAN’T DECIDE WHAT CUP SIZE YOU WANT TO BE?
16 July 2015
Returning a TV because you don't care for the quality is one thing, but it's a whole other story when it comes to a pair of breast implants.
When it comes to breast augmentation surgery, deciding whether to opt for silicone or saline is not the only consideration patients must think about. Size and measure is often the biggest choice. Some patients can try on different sizers and then make a decision, while others can spend a very long time looking into a mirror trying to decide what size they want. Then changing their minds, several times. For this reason, some doctors are now recommending adjustable breast implants. For women who are not sure just how much bigger they would like to be, these implants offer an option that can give them some piece of mind. It's not uncommon for women to initially choose a breast implant size but then after a few months feel like they would favour having larger implants. With the adjustable breast implants, we have the luxury of coming in three months later and asking if they would like a variation.
Instead of deciding on a size before the surgery and hoping for the best results, doctors who use adjustable implants place a small port that connects to the implant underneath the skin. If the patient decides to go a little bit bigger, the plastic surgeon injects additional saline into the implant. If she wants a little less volume, the doctor removes some. With adjustable breast implants, you can modify the implant size postoperatively, up to 20 percent of its original size. It’s a great way to control the breast size after the original augmentation surgery, since people often do tend to change their minds.
Modifications can be made when the initial swelling subsides, around three months after the surgery, until about six months post-surgery. At that point, the port is removed through an outpatient procedure done under a local anesthetic. The adjustable implant consists of a “port” that allows the surgeon to inject more volume into the breast implant or remove volume, as requested by the patient. Then the surgeon takes the patient in front of a mirror and inflates the implant to the desired size, and can adjust the implant over a period of weeks.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), breast augmentation remained the most popular surgical procedure performed by plastic surgeons last year, with more than 318,000 individuals undergoing the surgery.