Which breast implant should I choose to have a beautiful chest ?
Breast implants reshape the contours of the breasts and give very natural results. Once the model has been chosen, the surgeon performs the breast implant operation, which is the most common breast surgery procedure carried out on women.
The shape of breast implants
The surgeon chooses the most appropriate breast implants for your wishes and body shape.
Round breast implants give the upper part of the breasts volume. The breast has a more or less bulbous and apple-shaped appearance. Depending on the cup the woman wants, the width being equal to the height, the surgeon has the possibility of varying 1 single criterion: the projection.
- Low projection : Ideal for reshaping the outlines of the breast in cases of breast ptosis.
- Moderate projection : The final result similar to that of an anatomical implant because the soft silicone gel migrates downwards when standing.
- High projection : A rounded but quite natural appearance.
- Extra-high projection : A very uplifting and quite artificial appearance.
Anatomical breast implants give the breasts a pear-shaped appearance. The base of the implant is more curved than its peak and the breast has a gentle sloping appearance. In addition to the projection, the surgeon has the possibility of independently varying two other criteria: the width and height.
Contents of breast implants
Two substances are mainly used to fill breast implants and reproduce the natural consistency of the breast.
This is a highly cross-linked gel whose shape remains stable. After moderate compression, they return to their original shape and their consistency to the touch is close to that of a natural breast.
In the latest generation of implants, the filling consists of two different silicone gels. A soft gel at the rear and a firmer gel at the front. The firm gel supports the breast tissue like a push-up bra. The breast is therefore less subjected to the weight of the implant, which adheres to both the muscle and the mammary gland, thus reducing the risk of secondary ptosis.
The cohesive silicone gel stays in place if the implant accidentally breaks. It will not leak and diffuse into the body.
Physiological saline solution
The physiological saline solution is a mixture of water and sodium chloride. The surgeon inserts the empty implant and then fills it using a small tube. A valve prevents the water from flowing out of the prosthesis.
If the envelope breaks, the saline liquid is absorbed by the body.
These breast implants are hardly ever used these days. They were primarily used between 1992 and 2000 when silicone gel was banned in France, but are now totally obsolete.
From an aesthetic point of view, the result is not very natural: they give the breasts a liquid appearance, tend to ripple and are responsible for visible wrinkles on the skin, especially in thin patients. From a practical point of view, they tend to drain when the filling valve is defective and small holes frequently appear if the implant wears out.
The envelope of breast implants
The material of the envelope is very important as it is this which will facilitate the proper adaptation of the breast implant in the body and ensure its strength over the years.
Implants made from polyurethane are those which have the best long-term results. The risk is of a shell is virtually zero because the collagen fibres are disorganised and intermingle with the polyurethane, forming multiple microcapsules. Because of the texture of the polyurethane foam, the implant adheres to the mammary gland like Velcro and there is no risk of it rotating.
This is a flexible envelope which must meet specific solidity criteria to limit the risk of rupture, as well as sealing criteria to limit the transpiration of the silicone gel through the membrane and its distribution in the body. The collagen fibres form a large single diaphragm arranged in a parallel and circular fashion around the implant.
Smooth envelope : Originally, all implants were smooth. They are increasingly hardly ever used because they have a higher risk of rotating or forming a capsular contracture (shell).
Rough envelope : Textured surface implants were created by manufacturers in the 80s to copy those made of polyurethane foam. The rough envelope promotes the adhesion of the breast tissue around the implant and decreases the risk of rotation or forming a capsular contracture.
Breast implant prices
|Intervention||Anaesthetic||Stay||Prices Including VAT*|
|Insertion of breast implants made from silicone gel||General||1 night||€5,000 to €5,500|
|Insertion of breast implants made from polyurethane foam||General||1 night||€5,500 to €6,000|
|Change of breast implants||General||1 night||€5,000|
|Removal of breast implants||Local/General||Outpatient||€3,500|
|Other fees||Prices Including VAT*|
|Consultation with the surgeon||€50|
|Consultation with the anaesthetist||€100|
* 20% VAT