Size, Expiry and immediacy, answers to frequently asked questions for a breast implant

Written by: Dr. Agustín Blanch
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Frequently my patients ask me if breast implants have an expiration date. The implants are not like a yogurt -with a fixed expiration date- but they are limited in time due to the fatigue of the material. Over the years, breast implants can lose firmness, although each time we work with better materials, so the duration is getting longer. Even so, I recommend that after a breast implant, women over 35 years of age should have their ultrasound mammary control a year, and those under this age who have a breast ultrasound every two years.. If during this review there is any suspicion of breakage, the patient should go to her plastic surgeon, who will recommend what is best for her. Personally, I prefer an anonymous visit in my office to any further complication.

Next to expiration, another star question is whether the results are immediate. And yes, breast augmentation is the intervention that offers the most immediate results with greater initial satisfaction, because the next day the patient can already appreciate the change and improve their quality of life. As the WHO explains, health not only includes the optimal state of all vital organs, but also the fact that the person feels comfortable with himself and has the best quality of life possible.. The subjects of self - esteem are and will always be fundamental for the human being. In my clinic, we work with the most advanced biocompatible implants and, in moments like the current one, in which our society suffers the so-called dictatorship of beauty , medical professionals have to be deeply coherent and serious in what we should or should not do.

And after the immediacy and the expiration, the carving is another one of the biggest doubts and a primordial question. Most of my patients always tell me: "I want a breast augmentation , but I do not notice much". For me it is fundamental to listen to the patient to understand which breast implant will be the most appropriate, as it is harmonically proportional with her height, weight and shoulder width. In order to choose the optimal size , I have several meters that the patient is placed in front of a mirror and, together, we see what measure is most appropriate for her. Normally, I recommend a size higher than what is initially in mind because after six months of surgery, the inflammation decreases and the size of the breast decreases slightly.

Finally the money appears on many occasions. To address this issue we start from the basis that health is fundamental, and that is why, if we measure the satisfaction that comes with being at ease with oneself, the price is not such a relevant issue. Also, as a professional with a long experience, I'm scared by these marketing promotions to the bottom, in breast implants. An intervention is something serious, so it is essential that the patient has a good communication with his surgeon and that he has the maximum training and professional experience. Currently, the cost of a breast augmentation intervention is between 6,000 and 8,000 euros.

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By Dr. Agustín Blanch
Plastic surgery

Doctor Specialist in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reparative Surgery at the University of Milan (Italy). Obtained first place in the "Italian National Opposition Competition" to attend the Plastic Surgery, Aesthetic and Reparation Specialty with a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Universities at the University of Milan, being the first member of the non-Italian European Economic Community to achieve this . Dr. Blanch is also a recognized Professor since 2006 of the Università Degli Studi di Milano, Catedra di Chirurgia Plastica e Recosttrutiva.

Expert in facial aesthetic surgery and facial aesthetic medicine, pioneer of otoplasty technique EarFold without surgery.

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