Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that aims to enlarge the breasts or to restore the size and shape of the breasts. It can also be carried out to restore the symmetry of the breasts or to restore the breasts following surgical removal. The procedure is most usually cosmetic although reconstructive breast augmentation is now a recognized procedure in the treatment of breast cancer. Whether cosmetic or reconstructive, breast augmentation involves increasing the size of the breast through the use of implants or fat transfer.
TYPES OF IMPLANTS IN THE MARKET
There are numerous types of implants in the market and often, your plastic surgeon would discuss with you the best options depending on your unique requirements. The truth remains that there is no perfect implant. Your surgeon would consider numerous factors before making a decision and you should also know your options. Below are the common types of implants in the market:
These are arguably the most common types of breast implants in the market. Silicone breast implants comprise a silicone outer shell that is filled with silicone gel. Silicone implants owe their popularity to the fact that they have the most natural feel of all available implants. Another advantage is that if the implant leaks, the gel does not leak out of the outer shell so the breast doesn’t deflate. Silicone implants are not permanent. You would need to schedule regular visits with your surgeon to ensure the implants are still in great condition.
Saline implants contain sterile salt water. Although the natural feel of silicone implants is absent in saline implants, they could still look very natural if done right and if your features were carefully considered before the surgery. They are mostly used in women who, for one reason or the other, do not want silicone implants. They are also perfect for correcting asymmetry of the breasts since the volume is easily adjustable. If the implant ruptures, the saltwater leaks and this makes it easy to detect ruptures.
GUMMY BEAR BREAST IMPLANT
These implants derive their name from the fact that they are ‘form stable’. This means that the shape of the implant is not affected by a breakage of the implant shell. They are essentially silicone implants but the silicone filling is usually thicker. Due to this increased thickness, they may feel slightly firmer than regular silicone implants.
MOTIVA® BREAST IMPLANT
Motiva® breast implant is a premium, new-generation implant that is gradually gaining prominence in the implant market. They are also made of silicone but they are technologically optimized to be stronger, more durable and more elastic than regular silicone implants. The elasticity makes it possible to insert the implants through a smaller incision.
WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THE RISE IN DEMAND
Motiva® breast implant represents a great improvement over other available silicone implants and there are numerous advantages to them. The main reason for the spike in demand appears to be their superior safety profile. A study published by the FDA established a direct link between breast implants and a type of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, or cancer of the immune system. This type of cancer of the immune system is called Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). While research aimed at getting a clearer idea of the prevalence of BIA-ALCL and other associated risk factors, preliminary evidence shows that it is more common in people that opt for textured implants rather than smooth implants.
Biological testing profile on Motiva® breast implant proves that the implants have a better safety profile and they pose less risk of developing BIA-ALCL.
TECHNOLOGY OF MOTIVA® BREAST IMPLANT
Another distinct advantage Motiva® breast implant holds over all other types of implants is its superior design technology. The SmoothSilk® surface and the ‘Q Inside Safety technology’ represent the hallmark of this technological superiority.
- SmoothSilk® surface: Motiva® breast implant has a unique nano-smooth, SmoothSilk® surfaces that is obtained without making use of foreign materials such as sugar or salt. The SmoothSilk® shell ensures that the implants adapts better to their environment as there is a seamless interaction between the implant and the normal breast tissue.
- The Q Inside Safety Technology: the novel QID technology present in Motiva® breast implant employs a chip through which unique information regarding the implants can be retrieved externally. This assists the surgeon and other physicians in making medical decisions concerning the implants.