An Overview of Breast Implants in Thailand

A breast implant is a prosthetic substance used to enhance the appearance of a woman’s breasts. The implants are mostly used for breast augmentation and reconstruction. It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in Thailand.

Types of Breast Implants
There are two types of breast implants available in Thailand – saline implants and silicone gel implants.

Saline Implants
Saline implants are made of silicone shells filled with saline solutions. The most significant advantage of these implants is that they require a smaller incision than silicone implants. The empty shells are first inserted into the breasts, after which the saline solution is filled. Another benefit of saline implants is that the solution has no side effects in case it leaks into the body.
On the downside, saline breast implants are more susceptible to wrinkles than silicone implants. They also decolourize the skin over the breast and are easy to notice, especially if the woman previously had small breasts.

Silicone Gel Implants
The only difference between silicone and saline implants is that the former has silicone gel inside the silicone shells. These implants look and feel natural than tier saline counterparts. In the past, there were concerns over the safety of silicone gel in case of leakages. However, this has since been addressed by the production of sturdier Silone shells for the implants.

The Breast Implant Procedure
One of the primary uses of breast implants is for reconstruction, particularly where the patient has undergone mastectomy as a result of breast cancer. Reconstruction also applies to women whose congenital defects prevented the development of breasts.
Besides reconstruction, implants are also used for augmentation. This is a procedure that aims to improve the shape, size and symmetry of a woman's breasts.
The surgical technique used for implantation depends on the preference of the patient. The incisions are usually made around the nipple, from the armpit or through the navel. The process usually takes a few hours to complete. After surgery, patients should avoid intense activities of up to six weeks to allow for recovery. The breasts typically start looking natural after a few months.

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