Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips

Breast Augmentation Recovery – Phuket

Breast augmentation surgery can improve the appearance of the breasts in some ways. Not only can the breast size be increased, but the breasts can be made to look firmer and youthful with the alterations made during breast augmentation. Correction of minimal signs of drooping is improved with breast augmentation. With these aesthetic benefits, it is no wonder that breast augmentation is highly requested. Our surgeons in Phuket at Phuket Plastic Surgery Insitute take special care to ensure that breast augmentation surgery goes smoothly for each of their patients. From the initial consultation all the way through to recovery, Our Phuket Surgeons offer their professional advice and tips to aid patients through the entire breast augmentation procedure.

Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips

While the surgical procedure itself is vital in ensuring successful results of breast augmentation, recovery also plays an important role. If proper care is not taken during the patient’s recovery, complications can arise that may compromise the patient’s health and the quality of surgical results. To avoid complications and ensure that surgical results are favorable, your surgeon will give each of their patient’s breasts augmentation recovery tips. By following these tips, patients can promote a smooth and comfortable recovery.

  • Follow post-operative instructions: The most important step a patient can take to ensure that recovery is uncomplicated is to follow the post-operative instructions that are provided by your surgeon. Each patient will receive specific instructions on how to care for the incision site, how often to change bandages, any prescription usage, and when to return for postoperative care.
  • Have a recovery area: It is good to prepare a recovery area before going in for breast augmentation. After surgery, the patient should have a comfortable area to rest. The recovery area should have plenty of pillows, blankets, ice packs, and medication all readily available. It is also advised to have friends or family around to help with any needs for at least the first day or so following surgery.
  • Wear compression garments: It is important not to stretch or pull at the breasts, and especially the incision site, during recovery. Patients will go home wearing bandages or a compression garment. Not only is it vital to wear the compression garments as directed by your surgeon, but it is also a good idea to wear a close-fitting sports bra once the bandages or compression garment has been removed. This can offer further support while the breasts recover from surgery.
  • Avoid strenuous activities: It is obvious that a patient should avoid heavy lifting and high impact exercises during recovery. However, many seemingly simple tasks can put a strain on the body during recovery. Patients should be extremely careful that they do not push themselves too soon.

At Meditravel we like to be able to have all our clients educated on the Process, procedure and recovery options to avoid any surprises! This includes that all costing and fees are transparent from the beginning during all our correspondence. We ensure that you receive a response to your enquiries in the minimal time possible as we know your time is valuable. Our Patient education centre is a goldmine of information so take the time to have a look at the Online Plastic Surgery Flip Books, our surgery Information Sheets and don’t forget to check out our Blog regularly.

Natural Looking Breast Implants

Want Natural Looking Breast Implants?

Thinking about getting breast implants, but afraid they’ll look too obvious and want natural looking breast implants? The key to natural-looking breast implants not only lies in the kind of implant used, but also where they’re placed. We turned to our experts to find out how to get breast implants that look so good, no one will know they’re not real.

Natural breast implants is when a natural slope takes off from your chest and projects forward towards the nipple. Other characteristics include:

  • Most of the breast volume is in the lower half.
  • The breast has a gentle droop to it.
  • The breast sits at the mid-level of the arm.

If you want to have a natural look, then the implants must fit your chest, be proportional to your body and go under the muscle, not over it. 

“For most patients, a properly done submuscular dual plane placement of a silicone gel implant gives the most natural result,” says our Phuket, plastic surgeon. With an implant underneath the muscle, there is less rippling of the implant that can be seen or felt, there is a more natural slope to the upper part of the breast, mammographic interpretation is better, and there is a lesser chance of capsular contracture (hardness) of the implant.

Although an implant behind the muscle can give a natural look, they should be placed differently depending on your body type. For someone with large breasts or a lot of fatty tissue, either in front or behind the muscle looks about the same because the implant is hidden by the tissue. If you have a lot of muscle built up, preference may need to be given to an implant placement in front of the muscle to avoid the unattractive movement of the implant that may occur with pectoralis major muscle contraction.

If you’re extremely thin, avoid the dual plane position entirely. Unnatural rippling of the muscle may occur in the lower part of the breast

Do you Need a Breast Implant Revision?

Breast revision Surgery

Breast Implant Revision

When a woman has breast augmentation surgery, the idea of possible future revision surgery probably doesn’t enter her mind. In the interests of being well informed and prepared for the unexpected, it should!

Breast Implant Revision is a surgical option available to women who are not happy with the look or feel of their new breasts. For many of them, size is the issue — usually too small, but sometimes too big — or they decide to change the type of breast implant or have them removed altogether and return to their natural breasts. Other women are unhappy over time with normal changes to their breasts following pregnancy or a large weight loss.

You would be surprised how may women have spent a lot of time deciding with the surgeon on the size of the the Breast Implants to be used to give them the look they are after, only a few months later to stand in front of a mirror and say “I should have gone bigger”. I often have the conversation with women before surgery and tell them whatever size they decide on just go one size bigger than you think. If you like the look of 325cc implants then go 350cc. Breast Implant revision surgery ends up being the next conversation!

There are valid medical reasons why women seek Breast Implant Revision. The most common include suspected or known implant rupture, pain, capsular contracture, an implant pushing through the skin (displaced implant), and medical reasons like seroma (collection of fluid below the skin), hematoma (blood clots) and infection. A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study of more than 900 women with breast implants found that one-third of them had at least one such complication. Some of these complications may require breast implant replacement.

So before you undergo breast augmentation surgery, it’s important to understand that complications can and do occur, and they may make revision surgery necessary. Keep in mind that repeat breast surgery is often more complicated and costly than primary surgery, and may require a longer recovery period.

If you recently have had a breast implant and are worried about the costs of revision, then you can choose to have the surgery done abroad. A breast implant revision in Thailand will save you lots of money when you compare the cost with that of Australia. Many medical tourist agencies are currently operating in the country that can help you in scheduling your surgery abroad.

The Breast Implant Revision Process: What to Expect

Like all plastic surgeries, the Breast Implant Revision process begins with a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon specialising in breast augmentation and revision breast augmentation. This could be the same surgeon who performed your original breast augmentation (some offer to revise their work for free within a certain time frame) or a new surgeon. Your decision depends on a number of factors, including whether or not you were pleased with your initial surgical experience, how much time has passed since then and the nature of your concerns with your breasts.

If you stay with your original surgeon, he or she should have your medical records on file. If you go to a different surgeon, take your records to the consultation so the surgeon can review them.

During yourBreast Implant Revision consultation, be as open and specific as possible about your issues with your breasts and your expectations. If there were problems with your initial surgery, share them with the surgeon. If your concerns stem from other factors (e.g., natural aging or a change of heart), be honest about that, too.

The plastic surgeon will examine your breasts, analyzing their shape and size, placement of the nipples and areolas, and skin quality. He or she may also take some “before” photos for reference. Based on all these factors, the surgeon will develop a plan and go over it with you, discussing the finer points of implant types, sizes and their placement, where and how the incisions will be hidden, and what your realistic expectations should be.

The Breast Implant Revision Surgery

EachBreast Implant Revision surgery is as unique as the procedure that came before it and the woman involved. The surgical plan reflects your anatomy, cosmetic concerns, and expectations. The surgery itself may be as straightforward as replacing an implant, or switching from one type, shape or texture of the implant to another. Changing an implant placement from sub-glandular (under the breast tissue) to sub-pectoral (under the chest muscles) is more complicated. Some women opt to combine their revision breast augmentation with a breast lift. All these factors affect the cost of the breast revision surgery as well as the length of the recovery period.

The timing of Breast Implant Revision varies depending on the circumstances. A surgeon may go back in immediately following the initial surgery to address a cosmetic issue like pronounced asymmetry, or when an implant ruptures. Women who wish to go larger or smaller are usually advised to wait a minimum of three to six months for revision breast augmentation to allow for healing and to get a better idea of their true new size.

The length of surgery ranges from one to four hours, slightly longer than a breast augmentation procedure.

Breast Implant Revision Cost

Breast Implant Revision may be more costly than the primary surgery. It also may be relatively inexpensive if your surgeon offers to correct or revise his or her work free of charge. This decision is based on the nature of the complication and your surgeon’s policy. Our surgeons in Thailand offer a 12-month surgical guarantee if the surgery is a medical necessity as a result of the original surgery. Some do not take a surgeon’s fee, but you may be responsible for other costs, including (but not necessarily limited to) the operating room fee and anesthesia costs. Your breast implants may also be covered under a warranty, which could offset the cost as well. Make sure you are clear about the cost of your revision breast augmentation before you book your surgery.

Our Plastic surgeons in Sydney, Australia do offer simple Breast Implant Revision at the same cost of $5900 for Breast Augmentation if complications are not expected which is the case when wanting to go bigger or smaller.

Meditravel, a leading medical tourism agency in Australia, who help you with arranging the Breast Implant Revision in either Australia or Thailand. They can guide you to select the best hospitals and Best plastic surgeons for breast implant revision. Assisting you to book your flights, accommodation and more. In short, once you decide on the surgery, you need not involve yourself in the hassles of the entire trip – Meditravel will take care of everything. You can visit their website for further details –

What You Should Know Before Having Breast Implants

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Things You Should Know Before Having Breast Implants

It is so simple to get caught up in the moment of finally getting those bigger boobs you have always wanted. You are already looking forward to that day of not wearing “chicken fillets”, Gel Filled Bras and breast enhancers and forgot a few steps along the way. We don’t want to burst your bubble or anything we are just going to create a little checklist you can use to make sure that your fully informed prior to getting those Breast Implants of yours.

The first thing we tell all clients is to remember that although it is a straightforward enough surgery it is still surgery, and  you should take it seriously. You need to Know that no surgery is 100% guaranteed they all have risk associated, and you need to be aware of the risks of Breast Augmentation surgery. There are also many contributing factors that will affect your final result, which by this time you already have a preconceived idea of what you will look like.


The key to your successful surgery and choosing the right breast implants for you is highly dependant on through research on your behalf.

The biggest surprise that people find when they start the process and have an assessment or consultation with a Plastic Surgeon is that they may need a Breast Lift. We have done an article on this subject to give you a guide if the results you want and your current breast sagging require you to have a breast lift with your breast implants. The misconception out there is that by having the fuller breast with get rid of any excess skin or sagging caused by breastfeeding or weight loss. In some cases a bigger implant, teardrop shaped implant or Dual plane technique may help with small amounts of lifting. You need to be prepared not just mentally for a larger surgery and longer recovery but also financially if you require a breast lift with implants. The average cost in Phuket for Breast Implants is only $4300 AUD. However, if you need a breast lift with no implant, the

cost is $4900 AUD and with implants this price grows to $8100 AUD. As it is a bigger surgery, the recovery time increases from the eight day required in Phuket for recovery to 16 days recovery.

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon for Breast Implants.

Choosing your Plastic surgeon is vitally important as you want to know that you have the best person for the job and that they are qualified with ample experience. Ask around with any friends who have had Breast Implant how they found the surgeon they had, what was good and what was bad about them to avoid the same mistakes. If you don’t have anyone close you know who has breast implants then you can choose to complete your research on the web or through agencies like Destiny Meditravel. Meditravel has extensive experience working with a number of different surgeons, even having had the surgery they can give you first hand account. Meditravel website like this one will have portfolios on the surgeons they recommend and access to before and after images of the surgeons work.

Thailand Surgeon Before and After Images and Recommendaions

When looking at before and after images be open minded that your situation may be different to those portrayed in the before and after images. The final results are a combination of the existing breast tissue, clients anatomy and the implants size, shape and placement. Like any artist will tell you the results may not be a true representation of the surgeons skills but more on the original canvas they were working on. Plastic Surgeons are known to be a perfectionist and want to achieve the best results for a client as it is their work being displayed. If you listen to the recommendations of your surgeon, then you can have a higher chance of getting the results that you are after.

Honesty and being realistic

Breast Implants

Be realistic about the results you want!

Being honest with your surgeon about your medical history, medications, drug use and any previous surgeries eliminates any surprises for both you and your surgeon. All of your Medical history information is important for the surgeon to know. This enables your surgeon to take into account this information when doing your surgical plan and take additional precautions if required.Be realistic about the results you can achieve

You also need to be realistic about the results that you want and those that can be achieved. This brings us back again to listening to the surgeon recommendations on breast implants placements, size, profile and placement. Although you may be an “A” cup and dream of being a “DD” realistically your anatomy specifically your breast cavity may not be able to accommodate such a big increase. You need to be open to change on your original plan to adapt to what is physically possible.

Breast Implants and pregnancy, your expectations.

Breast Implants and Pregnancy

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Breast Implants don’t need to affect your pregnancy

Many women have doubts as to whether breast implants and pregnancy affect each other in some way. Generally speaking, having breast implants does not in any way affect your pregnancy, nor does pregnancy cause any harm to your breast implants. Whether you are planning to have a breast implants in Thailand or Australia, as long as you have a reputable hospital and surgeon, you can be sure that they will correctly advise you on what to do after taking your needs into consideration.

Having a breast implants after pregnancy also has an additional benefit that you can shape your breasts and lose all the extra tissue that it has accumulated during pregnancy. Post pregnancy implants enable, your breasts to look both firm and voluptuous.

Breast implants before or after pregnancy?

When deciding whether to have breast implants before or after pregnancy, you need to keep a few points in your mind. Usually, women feel that their breasts have lost volume or shape post pregnancy. This is not the case for women with breast implants – their breast shape often remains in shape. However, it is advisable that you do not have your breast implant and pregnancy within a short period. You should ideally space out both these events. Most surgeons will ask you to wait some months.

  • Pregnancy after Surgery: During pregnancy, your breasts will naturally enlarge. And if you already have an implant, then your breasts are likely to sag. However, if you have naturally small breasts, then having implants before being pregnant can turn out to be good for you since your breasts can become more firm and fuller.
  • Surgery after Pregnancy: If you have recently become pregnant, then you should put off having your breast implant surgery for a 6-9 months. Since you will be lactating during this period, having Breast Implant surgery can increases the chances of infections. It is ideal that you have the breast implants after pregnancy.

Breast Implants During Pregnancy

Pregnancy does not affect the breast implants, although the tissue and skin will experience some level of changes.  To minimize its impact, avoid excessive weight gain to limit stretching of the tissue and prevent the saggy appearance.

Take note that gaining too much and too fast during pregnancy could lead to breast ptosis or sagging, which requires mastopexy or “lifting” after giving birth.

During pregnancy, your breasts will somewhat become tender and larger in preparation for breastfeeding.  For this reason, it may have an impact on the appearance of your breasts to some degree, but not always to the point that you will need a Breast Lift.


Will my breast implants affect my ability to breastfeed my child?

If you have a breast implant, breastfeeding your child should not be much of a problem. But, if you plan on getting pregnant after the implants, just make sure that you tell your cosmetic surgeon about this so that he can conduct the surgery accordingly.

More often than not, after weaning your breasts will return to its original size without drastically affecting the result of breast implants.  While deflated-appearance in the upper poles and sagging may occur to some degree, you can minimize the impact of pregnancy on your augmented breasts by controlling your weight through balanced diet and light exercise.

Because it may be hard to predict the exact impact of pregnancy on the result of breast augmentation, some doctors advise their patients to postpone the surgery. Especially if they are not yet done having children or at least do not consider getting pregnant in the near future.

Where should I look for cheap and safe breast implants?

Many Australian residents have now chosen to have their breast implant in Thailand. The main advantage of having your cosmetic surgery in Thailand is that you can save money even after factoring in your travel and accommodation expenses. The cost of breast implant in Thailand will come to around $5,500 for surgery, flights and hotel. The price is incredibly cost effective when you consider that you will have to shell out about $10,000 for just the procedure in Australia.

Considering the cost of a Breast Implant done in Australia, cosmetic surgery holidays in Thailand are a clear cut choice. Plus, hospitals like the Phuket International Hospital offer world class surgeons with an international reputation. If you want to know more about getting a breast implant in Thailand, then you can contact an experienced medical tourist agency like Destiny Meditravel. Visit their website at for further information.

Breast Augmentation Scars How To Reduce

Breast augmentation Scar Treatment

Breast Augmentation ScarsHave you recently had your breast Implant surgery in Thailand and wanted to minimise the minor Breast Augmentation scars left after surgery? Then, this article is for you.

There has been a significant boom in the number of medical tourists from Australia, who have their plastic surgery in Thailand. A dominant chunk of the surgeries primarily has to do with breast implants, augmentation, etc. The primary driver of the demand is the fact that in Thailand, surgery costs are far cheaper when compared to Australia.

Breast augmentation procedure can result in scars along the incision area, which may be under your armpit or in the breast crease.  These scars usually fade over a period. But until then, they can be uncomfortable and unpleasant..

Breast Augmentation Scars Reduction

For those who have undergone a breast surgery procedure or breast augmentation in Thailand and have developed scars. As a result, the following measures can help you minimise them–

  • Vitamin Supplements: These can assist in improving the overall condition of the skin and can contribute to rapidly healing your breast augmentation scars. For example, Vitamin C triggers a healthy formation of collagen around the scar. Similarly, Vitamin A intake can strengthen the fragile skin located around the scar. Vitamin E is also helpful in minimizing your scars. Remember to consult your physician before you start taking the vitamin supplements to know the correct dosage.
  • Skin Creams: Various creams are available in the markets that are very useful for lightening the resulting breast augmentation scars. Creams containing cortisone can significantly help you soften and reduce them. But you can only begin applying them only to the surgery wounds have healed. Ask your doctor to prescribe one for you.
  • Silicone Bandages: Using silicone bandages on a daily basis on your scar will help you reduce the thickness of the scar. You will be able to see visible results in less than two months. You can also use silicone gels instead of the bandages in order to deal with the scars. These are available at most chemist as they frequently used for burn patients
  • Skin Resurfacing: Another good way to reduce breast augmentation scars is to do a skin resurfacing treatment. Procedures like laser therapy or microdermabrasion help to remove the uppermost layer of the skin that holds the scar tissue. The new cell growth will then be nearer to your overall skin tone and will significantly reduce the visibility of the scars.
  • Avoid Sun: This is a precautionary measure to prevent Breast Augmentation Scars rather than a treatment. If you have recently undergone the surgery, then it is advisable that you avoid exposing your breasts to the sun. Constant exposure to the sun can thicken the scar and cause discoloration that can later be very hard to hide. It is better if you generously apply sunscreen onto your Breast Augmentation Scars area even if you are clothed.

The above measures are sufficient to majorly improve you Breast Augmentation Scars. However, if the scars persist and look still concern you, then you may have to undergo another surgery to remove the implant and then get rid of the scar tissue. You can avoid such complications if you choose your surgery hospital well.

When considering your cosmetic surgery package in Thailand, make sure that you are not blinded by the cheap costs or a flashy website. There are many world-class hospitals in Thailand that may be slightly more expensive than other Phuket Thailand hospitals, but their surgeons expertise will ensure that you have as little complications from the surgery as possible.

Phuket International Aesthetic Centre (PIAC) is an excellent example of top quality hospital offering cheap surgical procedures from some of the best Plastic Surgeon in Thailand. If you need help in such matters, you can seek the advice and further information from Destiny Meditravel at

Post Surgery Compression Wear

Post Surgery Bra

An Overview of Post Surgical Healing

After an aesthetic or reconstructive surgery, you may experience some discomfort, pain, stiffness, or temporary numbness. Trauma in the surgical area leads to inflammation. A Medical Compression Garment or Bra assists in the healing process and improves procedure results.

The benefits of proper compression and support can reduce the risk of seromas, lymphedema, hematomas, and skin unevenness.

Accurate compression and support:
• reduces fluid buildup increases blood circulation
• promotes proper skin adhesion to newly contoured areas
• holds surgical dressings in place until removed
• supports incision to heal properly

Most of the swelling and bruising subsides within a few weeks though some light swelling can last up to six months. Doctors advise their patients to wear compression garments for at least the first 4-6 weeks after a procedure. Patients may find it more comfortable to wear the garments until all the swelling has completely subsided, and the final results are revealed.

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Double Bubble – After Breast Augmentation

Double Bubble After Breast Implants

Double bubble” is a descriptive term for a postsurgical complication that can occur after breast augmentation with breast implants. Specifically, double bubble happens when an implant drops down behind the natural fold (inframammary crease) where the lower breast meets the chest, rather than forward into the breast. This shifting creates an unnatural indentation or line across the bottom (lower pole) of the breast; this is particularly visible when the arms are lifted above the head. When viewed in profile, double bubble is said to have a “four-breast effect.”

Fortunately, double bubble is a relatively rare complication that is correctable in most cases.

Double Bubble After Breast ImplantsCauses of Double Bubble

There are several scenarios that can result in double bubble, including improper breast implant placement. Double bubble occurs most often in women with sagging breasts whose implants were placed under the chest (pectoral) muscles. (This placement is known as submuscular, and the implants are referred to as “unders.”) The breast tissue hangs low enough to look like one set of breasts. The implants look like another.

The risk of this occurring may be reduced by placing the breast implants over the muscle. (This is known as a sub-glandular placement, and the implants are referred to as “overs.”) Alternatively, the surgeon may recommend that the woman have both a breast augmentation and a breast lift.

Double bubble can also happen after pregnancy. Occurring when breast tissue droops from the excess weight gained during pregnancy, but the implants remain where were originally placed.

Also at high risk are women who have limited lower breast skin or a short distance between the bottom of the areola (dark skin around the nipple) and the breast crease.

Another contributing factor for double bubble after breast augmentation may be capsular contracture. When scar tissue tightens around the implant, causing aesthetic and physical problems, it is referred to as Capsular Contracture.

Capsular contracture occurs most often during the first two years following breast augmentation recovery.

Double bubble can also occur when:

  • Implants are too big (heavy) for the chest wall and cause the supporting tissues to stretch, settle or migrate below the inframammary crease
  • Implants are poorly positioned by the surgeon
  • The mammary crease is constricted
  • The woman has tuberous breasts
  • Scarring is present from previous breast surgeries

Double bubble can develop at almost any time after breast augmentation surgery. If you develop this complication, consult with your surgeon. Remedies do exist.

Correcting Double Bubble

There are several ways to correct double bubble, all of which involve surgical intervention.

One option is revision breast augmentation surgery involving a breast lift and submuscular placement of the implants.

Another corrective action for double bubble involves removing the implants and placing new ones in front of the muscle. This placement can fill out sagging skin, but rippling may occur.

Alternatively, the breast crease can be modified. A small incision is made in the crease, which is then tightened and raised by placing sutures along the bottom of the breast. This eases the implant back into its proper position.

The right double bubble correction for your situation should be determined during a consultation with your original plastic surgeon. If your breast augmentation was recent (within the past six months), your doctor may advise a “wait and see” approach to determine if it improves on its own. If you’re farther out from your original surgery date, you may need revision surgery. Depending on your surgeon’s review policy, you may not have to pay his or her surgical fee, although you may still be responsible for the anaesthesia and hospital costs. If you had, you’re original  surgery at Phuket International Hospital you may be covered under the Surgical guarantee.

My Breast Implant has Rupture, What now?

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Although the term rupture is used for silicone gel-filled and saline-filled breast implants, the term deflation is typically used only for saline-filled implants. We need to understand that when a doctor refers to a  ruptured breast implant, it is a typically a tear or hole in the outer shell of the breast implant.

Silicone gel is thicker than saline, so when a silicone gel-filled implant ruptures, the gel may remain in the shell or in the scar tissue that forms around the implant (intracapsular rupture). All breast implants have the risk that they may break. Some even break during the first few months, but  the older your implant is, the more likely it is to break. However, it is not always obvious when an implant is broken.

What Causes Breast Implants to Rupture?

  • capsular contracture;
  • compression during a mammogram;
  • damage by surgical instruments;
  • damage during procedures to the breast, such as biopsies and fluid drainage;
  • normal aging of the implant;
  • over-filling or under-filling of saline-filled breast implants;
  • physical stresses to the breast such as trauma or intense physical pressure;
  • placement through a belly button (umbilical) incision site, which requires more handling of the implant; or
  • too much handling during surgery.

How do I know if my Breast Implant has Ruptured?

Most women have no signs or symptoms when a silicone breast implant ruptures. However, some women may experience:

  • Pain, burning, tingling, swelling, numbness or redness in the affected breast
  • Hard knots or lumps surrounding the implant or in the armpit
  • Change in breast size or distorted breast shape
  • Softening or hardening of the breast

In cases where there is no symptoms or signs, it is called a “silent rupture”. In this case, you would not know that your implant has broken.

What can happens to me when a Breast Implant Ruptures?

If your silicone gel implant ruptures, you might notice a change in the size or shape of your breast.  Or you might feel pain or tenderness, swelling, numbness, burning or tingling. When a silicone implant breaks or ruptures, one of two things can happen to the leaking silicone gel. One possibility is that the leaking silicone can be contained within the scar tissue capsule, which is the thick layer of scar tissue that naturally forms around the implant. When this happens, the silicone stays within it’s cavity created at the time of surgery. Occasionally the silicone can migrate outside of the scar tissue capsule and lodge in the lymph glands under the arm or in the subcutaneous tissue of the breast or adjacent area. These collections of silicone gel are called silicone granulomas as the body produces an inflammatory response to the free silicone in the tissue. The longer a silicone implant remains within the body, the greater the chance of developing a granuloma.

How can I find out if my silicone implant has ruptured?

The first thing you should do is consult with your original surgeon or to get a referral from your GP to a Breast Surgeon. They can accurate then plan a course of action and investigation into the suspected breast implant rupture.

Physical examination will be preformed by your doctor first to determine if they suspect a rupture or Capsular Contracture either way this will need to be confirmed. Aside from surgery, the best way to confirm a rupture is with an MRI, or perhaps an ultrasound. These methods require a trained eye to see a leak or rupture. A mammogram is not accurate enough to find a rupture or leak.and then if warranted you will be referred to undergo Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as is the most effective way to detect silent rupture of a silicone gel-filled breast implant with 76-95% of ruptures detected.

The FDA and implant manufacturers recommend that women with silicone gel-filled breast implants undergo MRI screening three years after they receive a new implant and every two years after that for early detection of a silent rupture. The FDA recommends using MRI equipment that is specifically designed for imaging the breast for evaluating patients with suspected rupture or leakage of their silicone gel-filled implants.Since most women don’t always notice when a silicone gel implant breaks, it is important to have an MRI to check for leakage.

I have confirmed I now have a rupture breast implant, what now?

If after your MRI your doctor confirms that you do have a rupture implant, most experts agree that it is important to remove a ruptured implant especially if it contains silicone gel. Removal of implants is called explantation.

It is important to have ruptured silicone gel implants removed as soon as possible. The longer the silicone is allowed to remain in the body, the more time it has to migrate to other parts of your body, like the lymph glands. If the lymph glands do contain silicone gel these may need removal as well. Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to what will happen if silicone is free in the body tissues.

What does the breast implant removal surgery involve?

It can be easy or difficult to remove breast implants, but it is almost always more complicated to remove a silicone gel implant than it was to put it in. This is especially likely if the implant has ruptured, because it’s important that silicone gel from a broken implant does not spill or remain in the body.

Some cosmetic surgeons are very experienced at putting implants in, but not at taking them out. However, there are many plastic surgeons who are very experienced at removal and are skilled at getting the best possible cosmetic result. The surgeon you choose should be experienced with explantation(breast implant removal), and should be willing to show you pictures of what the patients looked like after their implants were removed

You should have your surgeon explain exactly what they intend on doing prior to agreeing to surgery. You should make sure that when your implants are removed, the scar tissue capsule is also removed, because it might contain bacteria or chemicals from the implants.

Most experts believe that removing the implants ‘en bloc’ is very important. This means that the entire implant and the entire scar tissue capsule surrounding it are all removed together. Removing implants en bloc makes it easier to remove any silicone that leaked from a broken gel implant, and also helps remove silicone or other chemicals that may have bled from the silicone outer envelope. You should ask your doctor if he or she has experience doing an en bloc removal.

What happens if I remove my implants and don’t replace them?
Some surgeons discourage patients from removing their implants without replacing them, because they believe implants are safe and because they’re concerned that the patient will be very unhappy with her appearance after the implant is removed. The breast tissue stretches from the implant, and if the surgeon isn’t skilled in explantation without replacement, the breast is unlikely to be as attractive as it was before the implant surgery.

If the surgeon is not skilled at removing ruptured implants, the silicone can spill into healthy breast tissue, which then may need to be removed as part of the surgery. However, after an experienced explant surgeon removes implants, many women are very pleased with the way their breasts look and feel.

Top 5 Questions About Surgery in Thailand

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Destiny Meditravel has been sending clients to Thailand for Plastic Surgery in Phuket and in Bangkok for over 9 years.

During this time as you can image we have spoken will thousand of client who all have had initial thoughts, fears, concerns and questions. We don’t try and convince you that you need to have surgery in Thailand as that decision is personal and something you need to feel comfortable making. What we do though is provide you with the information to make an informed and educated decision if travelling for surgery is right for your situation.

Top 5 Questions

1.    Is it Safe?

The hospitals and surgeons we recommend are leading healthcare providers in Thailand, and all follow international quality standards. All surgeries are carried out in International Standard hospitals with English speaking International patient centers and attended by full medical teams, not clinics. The hospitals and medical teams are all of the highest standards, with many having international qualifications and experience. The hospital that we have had chosen based on our research and client satisfaction having similar if not better standards of private healthcare, as you will find at home, with the same high quality technical and health care equipment without the high price


2.   Why is Plastic Surgery so Cheap in Thailand?

The main cost advantage comes in with the low cost of living and wages compared to Australia, coupled with the fact that there is NO TAX paid on treatments. Also, the great exchange rate means that Cosmetic Surgery in Phuket is naturally less expensive than home.

The service is excellent – with low wages, the hospital is able to employ more staff which means you are guaranteed attention immediately. Also, there is no waiting list for private hospitals, as it is relatively expensive for locals, and therefore you can be guaranteed your service when you want it.

3.   How Much Does Surgery in Thailand Cost?

This primarily depend on what surgery you are looking to have and example is Breast Augmentation is $3800, Liposuction (first Area )$1900, Face Lift $4200, Eyelid Lift (upper or lower) $920 each, Nose Correction (Rhinoplasty) $4900 or Tummy Tuck $5400

Included in surgery pricing:

included in phuket surgery costAll standard Private Hospital Fees (Anaesthetist, Surgeon, Theatre and, Pathology,)

included in phuket surgery cost1 night in a single, private room or up to 4 as set by surgeon specific to surgery.

included in phuket surgery costAll inclusive treatments e.g.Gel breast implants, bandages, dressings, hospital meals and medications

included in phuket surgery costPre and Post-surgery consultation/s by consultant Plastic Surgeon

4.   How long do I stay in Thailand after Surgery?

The length of time you need to stay in Thailand after surgery depend on what surgery you are planning. As a guide the time can vary from 8 day for Eye Lift, 9 Days for Breast Implants and Liposuction or up to 17 days for Breast Lifts, Tummy Tucks and Face Lifts. This allows for your recovery check up 7-10 days post op and to ensure that you are covered under the surgery Guarantee.

5.   Do you offer any guarantee on surgery in Thailand?

At Destiny Meditravel we stand by the service that we offer believing that we have a responsibility to our clients long after they have returned home. We provide our clients with the assurances that they are not putting themselves at unnecessary risk by traveling overseas for surgery and that the Doctors and Hospital are of an acceptable standard to westerners. We have researched thoroughly our doctors and hospitals and can confidently provide these assurances to our clients.

However, we do realise as will clients who research their procedures prior , risks will inherently be associated with any surgery – which we try to minimise by selecting the best hospitals and surgeons. If you are healthy without prior medical conditions and have realistic expectations, followed your doctors advice and recovery instructions then you should be pleased with your results.

If, in the,case that a problem does arise as a direct result of the surgery or hospital admission that requires corrective surgery, Phuket International Hospital has a guarantee policy and review process provided to our clients. View online here or Download

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