For many women, feeling confident, alive and vibrant goes hand in hand with looking their best. For thousands of women, achieving such confidence and personal satisfaction has come from choosing breast augmentation. Following their procedure, many women have gone on to experience a transformation in how they feel about themselves and their bodies.
There are many reasons women choose breast augmentation. Some of them include:
- Enlarging their breasts to make their bodies more proportional.
- Reshaping and enlarging breasts that have lost their shape due to breast-feeding.
- Balancing breasts that differ in size or shape.
Your reasons are very personal, and your decisions about breast augmentation should be made by you and your physician based on your personal needs, desires and expectations.
Today, there are many options available for women who decide breast augmentation is right for them.This brochure is designed to help you understand more about breast augmentation and all the options you have. It is not intended to replace any discussions between you and your physician.
Anatomy of the Breast
The breast is made up of fatty, glandular and fibrous tissues. Beneath the breast is the pectoralis major, which is a large muscle that assists in arm movement.
Incision and Placement Choices
Breast augmentation is normally performed using one of three common incision sites: around the nipple (periareolar), within the breast fold (inframammary) or under the arm (transaxillary).
- Periareolar- This incision offers the benefit of being the most concealed. However, it might cause some interference with breast feeding.
- Inframammary-This incision is very popular because it is concealed in the skin fold below the breast.
- Transaxillary- This incision is less concealed, but it might be a good option for women who do not want any scars on their breasts.
Your doctor will explain each incision choice to you in greater detail and help you make a decision that is right for you.
During a breast augmentation procedure, the implants will either be placed under the chest muscle (submuscular) or on top of the muscle and under the breast glands (subglandular).
It may reduce the chances of your implants being felt through your skin, and it may help reduce the chance of scar tissue hardening around your implants. It also will make it easier to image your breast during a mammogram. Possible disadvantages of this placement choice could be a longer surgery and recovery period.
It can make your augmentation surgery shorter and reduce your recovery time. A possible disadvantage could be having your implant edges more visibly noticeable under your skin. Imaging during a mammogram can also be more difficult when your implants are placed subglandularly.Your doctor can talk with you about how both placement options relate to your individual needs, so that you can make a decision about which option is right for you.
Types of Breast Implants
For the past 30 years Mentor has been recognized worldwide as a leading manufacturer of the highest quality breast implants. Our rich history is filled with industry firsts, innovative product designs and groundbreaking research. While other manufacturers have come and gone, Mentor has a record of continually producing leading-edge breast augmentation products that meet or exceed rigid quality and testing standards.
There are two basic types of breast implants: gel-filled breast implants and saline-filled breast implants.
Gel-filled breast implants
All of Mentor's gel implants use gel that is cohesive, safe and aesthetically pleasing, We offer three degrees of cohesive filling material:
- Cohesive I, the softest-feeling gel
- Cohesive II, slightly firmer
- Cohesive III, Mentor's firmest gel
The Contour Profile gel is filled with the most cohesive gel to maintain its natural shape.
Product Implanted: Contour Profile Gel
Saline-filled breast implants
Saline-filled breast implants are filled with a salt water solution during surgery that is similar to the fluid that makes up most of the human body. For many women, deciding what breast size they want is the most difficult part about choosing implants. Mentor's round and Contour Profile Spectrum implants are the only saline-¬filled breast implants with a removable fill tube that lets your physician adjust the size of your implants for up to six months after your procedure by either adding or removing saline through the fill tube.
Product Implanted: High Profile Saline
Depending on the breast shape you hope to achieve, you and your doctor may choose either a round or contoured implant. Contoured implants have a teardrop shape and can provide patients with a more natural¬-looking breast. Mentor breast implants have varying degrees of projection: moderate, moderate Plus and high. High profile implants are an excellent choice for women who desire greater projection and have a narrow chest wall.
Breast implants come with either a smooth or a textured surface. Smooth-surfaced implants have a slightly softer shell and are less likely to be felt through the skin. The material on Mentor's textured-surface implants is called Siltex.
Options for everybody
Mentor has a complete line of breast implants. Your physician can further explain their different features and benefits, and discuss with you which type of implant is the right choice for you.
Breast augmentation procedures are usually performed in a hospital room or surgery center. You normally can go home the same day as your surgery. General anesthesia is typically used, so you will be asleep during your procedure.
The surgery usually last one or two hours, Your doctor will make incision and form a pocket in which the breast implant is placed. When the implant is in its proper position, the incision will be closed with stitches.
To achieve the best results and to make your recovery as quick as possible, your surgeon will discuss with you specific surgical techniques that are best suited for your individual needs.
Every woman's recovery is different. In general, you will probably feel a little sore for several days following your breast augmentation surgery. The first 24 to 72 hours after your procedure is when you will experience the most discomfort. Your breasts will be swollen and very tender. Although every woman's recovery is different, you should be able to resume light activities after about one week.
An important part of your recovery may involve wearing a postoperative bra or compression garment. These are designed to provide you with extra support while you heal.
Your doctor also may have other specific suggestions for you to follow while you recover. If any problems occur after your breast implant surgery, contact your doctor immediately.
Mentor Lifetime Replacement Policy
Your decision to use Mentor breast implants for your breast augmentation is a personal, long-term decision. Because breast implants may not last your entire life, Mentor supports your decision by strongly standing behind our Lifetime Product Replacement Policy.
Throughout your lifetime, Mentor will replace, at no cost, the same or a similar type of Mentor breast implant if implant replacement is required.
For additional implant safety information, consult the "Gel-filled Breast Implant Surgery: Making an Informed Decision" patient brochure and the "Saline-filled Breast Implant Surgery: Making an Informed Decision" patient brochure. Please discuss details with your surgeon.
Question To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon
- For How many years has the surgeon performed breast implant procedures?
- How many breast augmentation implantation procedures does the surgeon perform each year?
- What are the possible risks and complications associated with breast implant surgery?
- What are all my options for breast augmentation?
- What shape, size, surface texturing, incision site and placement site is recommended for me?
- How will my ability to breast-feed be affected?
- How can I expect my implanted breast to look over time?
- Do you have before-and-after photos that I can look it?
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