Are today’s breast implants better than those used in my mother’s day? Judy L Danville, CA
In a simple answer, today’s breast implants are far superior to those made prior to the 1990’s. What has changed to make today’s breast augmentation results superior to those of the 1960’s or 1970’s? The gel that was used in the 1960’s through the 1980’s was a thick, gooey liquid. The gel in implants today is “cohesive”, the consistency of a Gummy Bear – when cut in half, these implants stay in one piece and do not “leak”. Secondly, in a mistaken effort to make the implanted breasts feel softer, manufacturers of silicone gel and saline implants up to the 1980’s utilized paper thin shells. Implanted breasts still formed scar tissue and became firm on occasion, but the shells leaked and ruptured frequently. Today’s implants contain thicker and more durable shells. Today, anesthesia and patient monitoring devices are better. We use pain pumps which infiltrate local anesthetics into the surgical field for the first few days after surgery and avoid narcotic pain pills, making recovery much quicker. The use of prophylactic antibiotics makes infections less common. And finally, surgical techniques have improved greatly since the early days of breast implantation. Implants are frequently placed below the pectoralis major muscle (unless someone is slightly ptotic
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