Breast Implant

A breast implant is a medical prosthesis used to augment, reconstruct, or create the physical form of breasts. Applications include correcting the size, form, and feel of a woman’s breasts in post–mastectomy breast reconstruction; for correcting congenital defects and deformities of the chest wall; for aesthetic breast augmentation; and for creating breasts in the male-to-female transsexual patient.

There are three general types of breast implant device, defined by the filler material: saline, silicone, and composite. The saline implant has an elastomer silicone shell filled with sterile saline solution; the silicone implant has an elastomer silicone shell filled with viscous silicone gel; and the alternative composition implants featured miscellaneous fillers, such as soy oil, polypropylene string, et cetera. In surgical practice, for the reconstruction of a breast, the tissue expander device is a temporary breast prosthesis used to form and establish an implant pocket for the permanent breast implant. For the correction of male breast and chest-wall defects and deformities, the pectoral implant is the breast prosthesis used for the reconstruction and the aesthetic repair of a man’s chest. (See: gynecomastia and mastopexy)

Read more about Breast ImplantHistory, Types of Breast Implant Device, The Patient, Complications, Implants and Breast-feeding, Implants and Mammography, U.S. FDA Approval, Criticism

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... The human body’s immune response to a surgically installed foreign object — breast implant, cardiac pacemaker, orthopedic prosthesis — is to cover (encapsulate) it ... capsule thickens and compresses the breast implant it is a painful complication that might distort either the breast implant, or the breast, or both ... that have reduced the incidence of capsular contracture include submuscular implant placement, using textured-surface implant devices (polyurethane-coated) limited handling of the implants ...
Breast Implant - Criticism
... studies for causal links among silicone-gel breast implants and systemic and auto-immune diseases ... that there is no evidence establishing a causal connection between the implantation of silicone breast implants and either type of disease ... The Danish study Long-term Health Status of Danish Women with Silicone Breast Implants (2004) reported that women who had breast implants for an average of 19 years were no more likely to report an ...
Breast Implant Controversy - History
... The 19th century Since the late nineteenth century, breast implant devices have been used to surgically augment the size (volume), modify the shape (contour), and enhance the feel (tact) of a woman ... In 1895, surgeon Vincenz Czerny effected the earliest breast implant emplacement when he used the patient's autologous adipose tissue, harvested from a benign lumbar lipoma, to repair the asymmetry of the ... From the first half of the twentieth century, physicians used other substances as breast implant fillers — ivory, glass balls, ground rubber, ox cartilage, Terylene wool, gutta-percha ...
Mastopexy Procedures
... matters The plastic surgeon delineates the mastopexy incision-plan upon the patient’s breasts and torso the principal corrective consideration is the correct level of the ... line of the inframammary fold to the face of the breast (anterior aspect), thereby configuring a circle, wherein the nipple-areola complex is centred ... which precaution avoids extending the surgical scar to the chest wall after the lifting of the breast and the inframammary fold ...
Capsular Contracture
... Medically, it occurs mostly in context of the complications from breast implants and artificial joint prosthetics ... breast implants, artificial pacemakers, orthopedic prostheses biological protection by isolation and toleration ... contracture occurs when the collagen-fiber capsule tightens and squeezes the breast implant as such, it is a medical complication that can be very painful and discomforting, and ...

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