Q1 : What are the advantages and disadvantages of silicone and saline implants?
A1 : Silicone has a more natural feel and look. In the occurrence of leakage, saline is much less injurious to the surrounding tissues.
Q2 : What are some points to consider about placing implants over or under the muscle?
A2 : Implant movement when pectorals are flexed is more obvious with implants below the muscle. Women with scant natural breast tissue will have less obvious “augmented look” if implants are placed below the muscle. Mammograms are reportedly slightly less accurate if implants are above the muscle.
Q3 : Will I be asleep during surgery?
A3 : You will be asleep under general anesthesia.
Q4 : How long will I stay in the hospital?
A4 : You will be admitted for 1-2 nights, after which you may go back to your hotel. You may do some shopping and sightseeing while waiting for your follow up schedule, but take care not to do any lifting, swimming and other strenuous activities.
Q5 : How many days after operation can I leave Bangkok?
A5 : You need to return for check-up 7-10 days after surgery, after which you can travel or return to work.
Q6 : How long is the recovery period?
A6 : Most patients can walk around slowly the day after surgery, and steadily improve over the next few days. There will be swelling and bruising, most of which will resolve in about 2 weeks. Limitation of physical activity and contact with breasts must be observed for about 4 weeks. . Full wound maturation and final results will gradually occur over 6-12 months.
Q7 : How do I care for myself after the operation?
A7 : Your surgeon will teach you a special breast massage technique and prescribe a support bra for a few months.
Q8 : What could go wrong?
A8 : Some risks of surgery include bleeding, adverse response to anesthesia, infection, delayed healing, asymmetry, nerve injury, numb areolae and nipples, contractures or keloid at incision site, contracture around the implant, rippling of skin over some parts of the implant, leakage, and need for revision surgery.
Q9 : How do I prepare for surgery?
A9 : To avoid complications and reduce risk factors you need to stop smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, taking hormonal pills, herbal supplements, and medicines (other than those that your doctor allows you continue), at least two weeks before your schedule. People with diseases need surgical clearance from their medical specialist.