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Is Breast Augmentation Right for Me?

Augmentation is more than a physical enhancement. Your body can affect and reflect how you feel. Let’s learn more about the procedure and the choices you have with MENTOR®.

Augmentation is more than a physical enhancement. Your body can affect and reflect how you feel. Let’s learn more about the procedure and the choices you have with MENTOR®.

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Are breast implants safe?

Mentor® MemoryGel® Breast Implants have been successfully used and trusted for over 30 years by millions of women worldwide.1 But as with any medical device, implant based breast reconstruction and augmentation carries certain risks and potential complications, please be certain to consult with your plastic surgeon. With decades of research behind our products, MENTOR®  is committed to your safety.

You can find more information on considerations and possible complications in our online brochure.

safety

Are breast implants safe?

Mentor® MemoryGel® Breast Implants have been successfully used and trusted for over 30 years by millions of women worldwide.1 But as with any medical device, implant based breast reconstruction and augmentation carries certain risks and potential complications, please be certain to consult with your plastic surgeon. With decades of research behind our products, MENTOR®  is committed to your safety.

You can find more information on considerations and possible complications in our online brochure.

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What should I expect during the procedure?

You'll talk about your anaesthesia and incision options with your doctor before your surgery.

On surgery day, once your anaesthesia takes effect, your plastic surgeon will make an incision to create a space within your breast tissues for each implant.

Your surgeon will place and position the implants depending on the type of implant, degree of enlargement and your body type – either under the pectoral muscle or directly behind the breast tissue.

He/She will close the incisions – usually with layered sutures in the breast tissue, and sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin.

After your procedure, you’ll see instant results in your breast size, and the incision(s) usually fade with time.

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What should I expect during the procedure?

You'll talk about your anaesthesia and incision options with your doctor before your surgery.

On surgery day, once your anaesthesia takes effect, your plastic surgeon will make an incision to create a space within your breast tissues for each implant.

Your surgeon will place and position the implants depending on the type of implant, degree of enlargement and your body type – either under the pectoral muscle or directly behind the breast tissue.

He/She will close the incisions – usually with layered sutures in the breast tissue, and sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin.

After your procedure, you’ll see instant results in your breast size, and the incision(s) usually fade with time.

location

Where is the surgery performed?

Your surgeon will likely perform an outpatient procedure in a hospital operating room, surgery centre or surgical suite. For certain cases, your plastic surgeon may recommend an overnight hospital stay.

location

Where is the surgery performed?

Your surgeon will likely perform an outpatient procedure in a hospital operating room, surgery centre or surgical suite. For certain cases, your plastic surgeon may recommend an overnight hospital stay.

time

How long does the procedure take?

On average, breast augmentation surgery lasts one to two hours, but each case is different based on the patient and preferences.

time

How long does the procedure take?

On average, breast augmentation surgery lasts one to two hours, but each case is different based on the patient and preferences.

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Which kind of anesthesia should I expect?

Your doctor may recommend intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia. Ask ahead of time what's right for you.

needle

Which kind of anesthesia should I expect?

Your doctor may recommend intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia. Ask ahead of time what's right for you.

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When can I get back to my routine?

Each patient's post-operative instructions are different, but some women are able to return to work within a few days. It's important that the few weeks following surgery, you avoid strenuous or stressful activities that could raise your pulse or blood pressure. Your surgeon will give you advice on postoperative activities tailored to your needs.

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When can I get back to my routine?

Each patient's post-operative instructions are different, but some women are able to return to work within a few days. It's important that the few weeks following surgery, you avoid strenuous or stressful activities that could raise your pulse or blood pressure. Your surgeon will give you advice on postoperative activities tailored to your needs.

Look & Feel

You probably have a preference of how you want your breasts to look and feel. Explore the three characteristics that will help you choose the right MENTOR® implant for you.

breast implant projection

Projection

Projection is the distance between the base and the outer-facing side of the implant. “High profile” implants are designed to produce maximal projection from the chest, while “moderate profile” indicates less projection.

breast implant fullness

Fullness

Fullness varies depending on implant type. Round implants are designed to show more fullness above the nipple while teardrop implants are designed to create a gradual increase in fullness and projection from top to bottom.

breast implant fullness

Firmness

Firmness determines how natural the breast feels to the touch. Saline can deliver a firmer feel while gel implants tend to feel more like natural breast tissue.

Your Incision Site

Explore three common incision site options for breast implant surgery. Your choices depend on the type of implant, degree of enlargement, your particular body and your surgeon's preference.

Breast Implant Inframammary Fold Incision

Inframammary Fold Incision

The inframammary incision is made under your breast at the crease, where the breast meets the body.

Breast Implant Peri-areolar Incision

Peri-areolar Incision

Situated at the transition between the areola and the breast skin, minimising visibility. The peri-areolar incision is made around the nipple to help conceal the incision site.

Breast Implant Transaxillary Incision

Transaxillary Incision

Primarily for saline, under the arm. The transaxillary incision involves using a lighted camera (endoscope) to help tunnel through the area under the arm and create a pocket behind the breast. It's primarily used to place saline breast implants before they're filled.

Your Implant Placement

You'll choose from two common placement options for your breast augmentation.

breast implant submammary subglandular placement

Submammary/Subglandular Placement

The implant is placed above the pectoral muscle and behind the breast tissue.

CONSIDERATIONS:
  • Surgery and recovery may be shorter
  • Recovery may be less painful
  • May provide easier access for reoperation
breast implant submuscular placement

Submuscular Placement

A portion of the implant is placed below the pectoral muscle.

CONSIDERATIONS:
  • Surgery and recovery may be longer
  • Recovery may be more painful
  • Reoperation may be more difficult

The Cost of Breast Augmentation

Prices for breast augmentation can vary quite a bit based on the type of implant you choose, your location, surgery-related expenses and surgeon's fees. Ask your surgeon directly if all costs are included in your estimate. There are no set costs for things like facility, anaesthesia or prescriptions, so you may want to meet with several surgeons to compare estimates for surgeon fees and additional surgical-related expenses.

Warranties are also an important consideration to protect you from additional costs down the road. That's why all MENTOR® Breast Implants come with a Lifetime Product Replacement Policy free of charge.*
View details of our warranty here.

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References

+ In-person Consumer survey with 452 respondents

* Breast Implants are not a lifetime device and may require replacement during your lifetime. In the event of an unexpected rupture (loss of shell integrity), MENTOR® will provide replacement of a MENTOR® Product of any size in the same style as the originally implanted product free of charge for the lifetime of the patient. Upon the surgeon's request, a different implant style may be selected (subject to a charge of the difference between product list prices).

1. Bondurant, S., Ernster, V., and Herdman, R. Safety of Silicone Implant. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. 1999. Mentor Worldwide LLC. Mentor Worldwide Historical Implant Data 1985 ‐ May 2018

2. MENTOR Consumer Preference Market Research Report - July 2017    

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