Hi! I am Dr Michael Szalay and today I am going to talk about Polyurethane breast implants.
Before moving on to another advantage of polyurethane implants, it is important to consider 3 other possible complications of breast implants-implant dropping, implant stretching of the breast tissue and implant flipping.
WHAT IS IMPLANT DROPPING/BOTTOMING OUT?
Implant dropping is when the implant slides down the chest so that it drops below the incision site. As this happens, the incision scar rides up higher on to the breast and the nipple also rides up higher on the breast. Eventually,it is possible for the nipple to be so high that it pokes out of the top of the bra. Here is an image of bottoming out from the Internet.
WHAT IS IMPLANT FLIPPING?
This is when a round implant actually turns completely on itself so that the flat undersurface faces forwards (instead of the round curved surface). This usually occurs as a result of the implant stretching the breast tissue with time and creating loosening of the pocket which contains the implant. As a result of the implant flipping, the breast changes shape and looks abnormal. Whilst both smooth and textured implants can flip, it is rare with polyurethane implants.
Before moving on to how these risks can be minimized with polyurethane implants, it is important to remind all patients with breast implants that the best way to reduce the chance of these problems occurring is to wear a bra. Gravity wants to take those implants downwards and a bra can help stop that. A bra, or other support is especially important in the first 6 weeks after surgery but my recommendation is to always support your implants to keep them looking good.
POLYURETHANE IMPLANTS REDUCE IMPLANT DROPPING, BREAST STRETCHING AND FLIPPING
In my experience even though polyurethane implants can sometimes drop, they hold their position better than textured or smooth implants and due to this, the risk of both bottoming out and stretching of breast tissue is reduced. The risk of a polyurethane implant flipping is also much less than a smooth or textured implant. POLYTECH, the manufacturers of polyurethane implants provide a 10 year warranty against these implants dropping or flipping. The manufacturers of standard smooth or textured implants do not offer this warranty. Because they hold their position better than the other implants, I have found that many polyurethane implants can be placed above muscle. Here is a patient in whom I used 390cc moderate profile round polyurethane implants, above muscle. More photos can be found here. Advantages of polyurethane teardrop implants can be found here.
Results can vary among individuals. Any procedure has risks and it is wise to seek a second opinion. For more information visit www.precisioncosmetic.com.au