CategoriesCosmetic Surgery

Everything you need to know about Breast Implants

About Breast ImplantsMany women are dissatisfied with the size of their breasts and opt for breast implants, in fact, this has been the case for over 100 years. With so many options and countless questions, here are the answers to some of the most common questions surrounding breast implants.

Do I go for silicone or saline?

Silicone and Saline have taken over the battle for the perfect breasts since the 60’s. But what is the difference and which one is the best fit for you?

Silicone
Silicone is the most popular choice and has been for many decades because this option feels the most natural. Silicone has earned a bad reputation in the past with people arguing it can lead to breast cancer and other connective diseases, however, this has been disproved. The European Committee on Quality Assurance and Medical Devices in Plastic Surgery (EQUAM) concluded that there is no proof to support these claims. In fact, silicone is a key ingredient in many beauty products, such as lipstick and beauty creams, and women get more silicone from these than they would from implants.

Saline
Saline implants comprise of a weak salt solution similar to body fluids. The only disadvantage is these can ripple and feel ‘squishy’ because they are made of water.

Can I breastfeed after breast implants?

A lot of people are uncertain as to whether they can breastfeed after getting breast implants – the truth is it depends on the type of surgery you have had. Whether you have silicone or saline implants, breast implants may cause your nipples to be more or less sensitive than normal. You are most likely going to be able to breastfeed, as most types of surgery are compatible with breastfeeding and safe for mother and baby.

What can I expect with post-surgery pain?

It is the first 24 hours of breast implant surgery that you experience the most discomfort. The next day you will be able to shower, and some people find they can return to light work, such as office work, two to three days later. While this is possible, it is recommended that you take longer off in order to fully recover.

During recovery, the following symptoms are common and should not cause concern.

  • Pain that can be controlled by the prescribed medication.
  • Swelling that is noticeably reduced after ice is applied.
  • Soreness that is concentrated in the chest, neck and back.
  • Redness, which appears near incisions and stitches.
  • Nausea, which gets better after a snack or after sips of ginger ale.

How do I know what size to become?

There are two important factors you first need to consider:
Your current breast size: This is a factor because you have to have enough existing breast tissue to cover the implant if you have not got enough some implants may be too big to fit.
Your chest and shoulder width: Implants come in different base widths so you need to get a pair that works well with your frame.

The surgeon will be your greatest ally when deciding on your breast implants size because they understand the variables and have the experience.

So what is your job? Bring in photos, preferably of women who share your build and height and have the breast size you are after. Hunt on the Internet for before and after photos and create a clear understanding of what you are after.

When you get to the consolation stage, bring a light coloured, low cut tee shirt. This will help you not only see your curves more clearly, but it will also show you the cleavage you are likely to get. Also, it is a good idea to try on sizes you think is too large and too small; this will help you know what you do not want. Lastly, if you can, bring along a friend who will give their absolute honest opinion.

Am I too old?

As long as you are healthy, you are not too old for breast implants. It is your state of health that matters, not your age.

Will having breast implants increase my chances of getting breast cancer?

This is a common concern among women considering surgery, but it is important to note that many studies have shown women who get implants are not at an increased risk of getting breast cancer. Also, having the surgery does not delay detection of breast cancer. Finally, breast implant patients who do get breast cancer have the same chance of obtaining remission as women without implants.

Gorgeous Getaways offers breast implant packages in both Thailand and Malaysia, with dedicated surgeons who follow their surgery with tightly directed follow-up care.

If you still have any questions, or want to discuss treatment options, get in contact with our team who are more than happy to help you make the best choice for you.

Disclaimer: Every patient is an individual and therefore, results will vary from patient to patient.

CategoriesHealth and Well Being

The History of Plastic Surgery

Physicians from India and Egypt practiced some of the simplest forms of plastic surgery, as far back as 2000 B.C. An article in the Washington Post in 1994 by Thomas V. DiBacco, discussing how reeds were used by the Egyptians having nose reconstructions to keep the nostrils open as the nose healed. A collection of medical texts about plastic surgery, by Indian doctor Acharya Sushrut were published in 600 B.C., the Sushruta Samhita, the first of its type in ancient history.

Around the first century B.C., plastic surgery also experienced early developments in other parts of the world; surgical methods were practiced by Roman physicians to alter the body. With the Roman culture highly valuing the beauty and physique of the body, ancient Roman doctors operated on ex- gladiators whose faces and bodies had become severely injured. Roman medical writer Aulus Cornelius Celsus wrote “De Medicina,” outlining some of the methods used whilst carrying out reconstruction of the ears, lips and noses and breast reductions.

At the end of the third century A.D., after the fall of Rome the progress of plastic surgery appears to have slowed down for several hundred years. The spread of Christianity forbid any kind of surgical changes to the body, which was dictated by Pope Innocent III, during the Renaissance and the Middle Ages.

Then, in the late 1500s, a breakthrough in plastic surgery occurred. Gasparo Tagliacozzi experimented in Sicily, Italy with skin grafts for nose reconstructive surgery. Tagliacozzi’s progress however was delayed by the pressure and influences of the Church. In addition, at this time General anesthesia was still in its early phase, making any plastic surgery attempts extremely painful.

Plastic surgery continued to struggle for centuries not progressing much; there were mixed results from the few plastic surgeries that were performed. In 1907, the first text relating completely too cosmetic surgery was published “The Correction of Featural Imperfection,” but disregarded by the medical community. The outbreak of World War I, however, changed the direction of plastic surgery history forever. Thousands of WWI soldiers received extensive trauma wounds on their arms, necks, faces, and throats. Resulting in plastic surgery quickly becoming an independent medical practice that differed significantly across the nation. In order to control the profession, in 1931 the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASPRS) was created. With the founding of an authoritative institution, plastic surgery began a new age of enlightenment.

Over the past 100 years, the skills and experience of plastic surgery has increased tremendously. The first medical journal in plastic surgery had its first publication in 1946, this increased information about new developments in the medical industry. Due to the rapid growth in plastic surgery, the ASPRS eventually changed its title to its present name, the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Almost all types of plastic surgery have undergone substantial technological advancement, with many receiving lawful recognition. President Bill Clinton signed a law in 1998, requiring insurance companies to cover breast reconstruction surgeries after a mastectomy.

In the mid 2000s, interest in plastic surgery skyrocketed. TV shows such as Nip/Tuck, Dr. 90210, and Extreme Makeover helped give the plastic surgery industry a familiar new look to the public.

Despite its rocky historical past, plastic surgery is a on the increase to be a multi-billion industry. Breast augmentation and liposuction are the most common plastic surgeries, with 91 % being women.

Present technology continues to develop, increasing the horizons of plastic surgery.

Plastic surgery continues to progress and evolve even from the early beginnings to recent developments.

CategoriesBefore and After,  Case Studies,  Health and Well Being

Before and after – Dr Nasir: Breast Augmentation & Abdominoplasty

Profession: Marketing Manager
Age: 35
Country: Australia
Procedures: Breast Augmentation & Abdominoplasty

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Background – I have thought about plastic surgery for several years & started to seriously look into my options 12 months ago. I have probably wanted to have a Breast Augmentation since I was a teenager but more so since I gave birth to 3 very large boys. I did a lot of research on the internet & spoke with family members who had also had surgery overseas. The quotes I received for surgery in Australia were up to $30000 which was well beyond my budget.

Decision – I had talked about having plastic surgery for so long & considering I have finished having children & I’m 35 years old that now was the time to do it. I have always been a very small B cup & lost a lot of volume from breast feeding. I didn’t have a large stomach but it was shriveled up from stretch marks. My Stomach was destroyed from carrying twins & I really hated it. I decided to go with Gorgeous Getaways mainly because I had heard more about them than other companies. They seemed to have a good reputation & I knew people who had had surgery through GG & were happy with the experience.

Your first impressions upon arrival and your surgery – I was immediately surprised & impressed by my Hotel. It was far better than I had imagined. The GG Staff were very thorough & helpful. The Hospital was amazing. It was 5 star. I had a lovely room that was very comfortable. The Nursing Staff were fantastic & took such good care of me. Dr Nasir was excellent & gave me all the information I needed to make an informed decision on what I wanted. He explained everything in detail & I was very confident in his abilities. I was extremely nervous before the surgery & the Nurses were very kind & reassuring. I felt surprisingly good after the surgery. My pain was managed very well. I had a late surgery so I stayed 3 nights before being discharged.

Recovery & Holiday – I was showered with help in the hospital the day after the surgery. I was able to get up & walk around unassisted on the second day. I travelled by myself so back atthe Hotel I was fairly mobile because I had to be. I left the Hotel for a couple of hours 6 days after surgery. A week after the surgery I did a day tour with some other GG clients. I stayed 2 weeks in total & spent the second week shopping. I found getting around Kuala Lumpur very easy. The GG staff were great in recommending places to go & organising activities for us.

New & positive life changes – I am now 3 weeks post op & I am wearing my compression garments. My stomach has healed up wonderfully & the scar looks better everyday. I am still quite tender but I have resumed most of my daily activities. I am thrilled with my Breasts. I am very happy with the size & shape. I am looking forward to getting out of the compression garments & shopping for new clothes. It’s so nice to be able to fill out a dress without wearing a padded bra.

Recommendations – I highly recommend the Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre. Dr Nasir was very professional & accommodating. I definitely recommend wearing the compression garments. My swelling went down significantly in the third week. Don’t take all your credit & bank cards out with you & keep your bag close to you at all times. Going through GG made the whole process so easy. They took care of everything & were very happy to assist in anyway. I have recommended GG to others. I am so happy with the whole experience & so glad I made the decision to just do it!

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