Breast prosthesis and its types
There are three types of breast prostheses based on the degree of protrusion
Low profile or prosthesis with low protrusion;
High Profile or prosthesis with high protrusion;
Ultra high profile or breast prosthesis with very high protrusion.
Types of breast prostheses in terms of appearance
Breast prostheses are divided into two general types.
1. Round breast prosthesis
"Round" breast prostheses are suitable for people who want their breasts to look more bulging. On the other hand, those who want to have a soft and well-shaped breast prosthesis usually choose these round prostheses.
The advantages of a round prosthesis are:
Revision surgery (in cases of prosthesis change, capsule contraction, prosthesis rupture and prosthesis rotation);
Repetitive rotation of the prosthesis.
2. Tear-shaped breast prosthesis (anatomical or teardrop)
The "teardrop" breast prosthesis is useful for people who want their breast prosthesis to look more natural. In addition, people with very little or no breast tissue, people with flat, shapeless breasts, and women with very little soft tissue coverage have asymmetry in the breasts or apparent breast defects. For a more natural appearance, it is better to use teardrop breast prosthesis.
Types of breast prostheses in terms of material and ingredients
Breast prostheses are made of three types that are not much different in quality, but in terms of the cost of the operation, the feeling of comfort with it and the place of incision are different, and according to the patient's condition, the doctor chooses one of them: “silicone” breast prosthesis that looks like gel, "salt water" breast prosthesis, and fixed breast prosthesis or "Gummy Bear", which are actually the fifth generation of breast prostheses.
Saline breast prosthesis
Saline breast prostheses are round and filled with sterile saline. Saline prostheses have silicone and impermeable walls, they are stiffer than silicone prostheses, they flatten out if they are torn, and the fluid inside them is absorbed through a natural process because this fluid is naturally present in the body, so it does not cause health problems.
Benefits of Saline Breast Prosthesis:
Need less cutting;
Less need for examination and monitoring.
Disadvantages of saline breast prosthesis:
More abnormal touch;
Increased risk of more wrinkles;
The possibility of self-emptiness;
Possibility of further impact on breast tissue.
Another point is that the use of saline prostheses is not recommended for women under 18 years of age.
Silicone breast prosthesis
Silicone breast prostheses are made of various silicone compounds and look like sticky gels. Due to the greater safety of these prostheses, it seems that silicone prostheses are the first choice for women for breast prostheses. This is because they are more similar to breast tissue. In addition, if the prosthesis is damaged, it does not disappear and the gels inside the prosthesis enter the space around or other layers of the prosthesis.
If you have used a silicone breast prosthesis, regular checkups by your doctor are essential. The minimum age for using silicone breast prostheses is 22 years.
Advantages of silicone breast prostheses:
Less likely to wrinkle;
Reduce the risk of spontaneous emptying;
More natural touch.
Disadvantages of silicone breast prostheses:
Need for further examination and monitoring;
Make more cuts on the skin;
Danger of asymptomatic rupture.
Those who have had silicone prosthesis surgery need to have an MRI three years after the surgery. After that, MRI should be performed every two years to check for silent rupture of silicone prostheses.
Fixed breast prostheses or Gummy Bear
If the Gummy Bear breast prostheses are torn, they will not change in appearance at all, hence they are called fixed prostheses. Instead of being round, these prostheses are shaped and have more protrusions in the lower part. The density of silicone in this type of prosthesis is high and as a result they are stiffer and therefore less damaged in them. The biggest disadvantage of fixed prostheses is that in order to place these prostheses, more incisions have to be made in the skin than other types.