What Is XL Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation with large breast implants is a surgical procedure that aims to increase the size of the breasts significantly. Large breast implants, generally defined as those exceeding 500cc in volume, can create a dramatic change in the appearance of the breasts. However, it’s important to note that the size of the implants must be chosen with consideration to the patient’s body proportions and their desired outcome. The procedure typically involves making an incision in the breast tissue and placing the implant either underneath or on top of the chest muscle. Recovery time can vary but may take several weeks before patients can resume their regular activities.
While breast augmentation with large breast implants can result in a noticeable and attractive outcome, it’s important to carefully consider your motivations, potential risks, and long-term effects of the procedure before making a decision. Make sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Anca Breahna to get the best advice on breast augmentation with large breast implants.
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What Is XL Breast Augmentation?
XL breast augmentation typically refers to a breast augmentation procedure using very large breast implants, usually those exceeding 500cc in volume. These types of implants are much larger than the typical range of breast implants, which typically range from 200cc to 500cc in volume. XL breast augmentation is generally considered a specialised procedure and is not recommended for all patients. The size of the implants used in breast augmentation surgery should be chosen based on the patient’s body proportions, their goals for the procedure, and other factors, such as the quality of their breast tissue and the condition of their chest muscles. While XL breast augmentation can create a very dramatic change in the appearance of the breasts, it may also pose increased risks and complications, such as implant malposition, rippling, bottoming out, implant rupture, and capsular contracture. It’s important for patients considering XL breast augmentation to carefully consider the potential risks and benefits of the procedure before making a decision.
The procedure can be performed under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation, depending on the patient’s preference and the surgeon’s recommendation. Anca will begin by making an incision in the breast tissue, usually in the inframammary fold (the crease beneath the breast). The incision location will depend on the patient’s anatomy, the size of the implant, and other factors. Anca will then create a pocket for the implant, either above or below the chest muscle, depending on the patient’s anatomy and the desired outcome.
Once the pocket is created, Anca will insert the XL breast implant and position it within the pocket. He will then close the incision using sutures or surgical tape. The procedure usually takes about 1-2 hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the case.
After the procedure, you will need to wear a compression garment or surgical bra to help support the breasts and reduce swelling. You may also be prescribed pain medication and antibiotics to help manage discomfort and reduce the risk of infection.
The Pros and Cons of Opting for Extra Large Breast Implants
Benefits of Opting for Larger Implants
Choosing extra large breast implants comes with certain benefits, tailored to individual preferences and objectives. Here are some key advantages:
- Noticeable Enhancement: A major advantage of extra large breast implants is the substantial change they bring to one’s appearance. This is especially appealing to those seeking a bold or prominent transformation, feeling that smaller implants wouldn’t meet their desired level of change
- Boost in Self-Esteem: For many, larger breasts contribute to heightened self-confidence and an improved perception of their body image. Opting for extra large implants can lead to a greater sense of comfort and assurance in one’s physical appearance
- Versatile Aesthetic Options: Larger implants offer a broader spectrum of aesthetic outcomes, particularly for those aiming for a voluptuous or hourglass figure. Depending on the individual’s body structure and the placement of the implants, larger sizes can aid in achieving a more balanced and proportionate look
Drawbacks of Choosing Large Implants
However, there are several potential drawbacks to consider before deciding on large breast implants:
- Higher Complication Risks: Larger implants come with an increased likelihood of complications like implant shifting, which might necessitate additional corrective surgeries
- Physical Discomfort: The weight of large implants can strain the back, neck, and shoulders, potentially leading to ongoing discomfort. Engaging in physical activities such as running or jumping might become challenging or painful
- Visible Scarring: Larger implants often require bigger incisions, leading to more noticeable scars. Despite a surgeon’s efforts to minimise scarring, those opting for larger sizes should be prepared for more visible marks
- Restrictions in Lifestyle: Large implants can limit clothing options and might require special support garments. They can also make certain physical activities, like sports or weightlifting, more difficult or uncomfortable
- Possibility of an Unnatural Look: In some instances, extra large implants can give an unnatural or disproportionate appearance, which might be a concern for those seeking a subtle enhancement
Recovery after Breast Augmentation with Large Implants
The recovery process after breast augmentation with large implants is similar to that of smaller implants, but there may be additional discomfort due to the weight of the implants. Patients will likely need to limit their physical activity for several weeks following the procedure and may need to take prescription pain medication to manage discomfort. Follow-up appointments with the surgeon will be necessary to monitor healing and ensure that the implants are settling properly.
After undergoing breast augmentation surgery with XL implants, it’s crucial to follow proper post-surgery care instructions to ensure the best possible results and minimise the risk of complications. Here are some general guidelines for post-surgery care for patients with XL breast implants:
- Rest and recovery: Following surgery, it’s important to rest as much as possible and avoid physical activities or strenuous exercise. Patients should plan to take at least one week off work and arrange for help with household tasks and childcare, if necessary
- Medications: Anca may prescribe pain medication or antibiotics to prevent infection. It’s important to take these medications as directed and to notify the surgeon of any adverse reactions
- Compression garments: Your plastic surgeon may recommend wearing a compression garment or special bra to help support the breasts and reduce swelling. You should follow the surgeon’s instructions regarding wearing and caring for these garments
- Incision care: The surgeon will provide instructions on how to care for the incision sites to prevent infection and promote healing. This may involve cleaning the incisions with a gentle soap and water, applying ointment or dressing, and avoiding certain activities or clothing that may irritate the incisions
- Follow-up appointments: You should plan to attend all follow-up appointments with Anca to monitor healing, address any concerns or questions, and discuss the possibility of additional treatments or revision surgery if necessary
Scars after Breast Augmentation with XL Implants
Scarring is a common concern for anyone undergoing breast augmentation surgery, and the size and placement of the implants can affect the appearance and visibility of scars. The location and size of scars after breast augmentation with XL implants will depend on the specific surgical technique used by your surgeon. In general, larger implants may require larger incisions, which can result in more visible scarring. However, a skilled surgeon like Anca can use advanced techniques to minimise scarring and help patients achieve the best possible cosmetic results.
For scar management, Anca might recommend various scar management techniques, such as silicone gel or sheeting, massage, or laser treatments, to help reduce the visibility of scars. You should follow the surgeon’s instructions closely and avoid sun exposure or other activities that may irritate or damage the scar tissue.
While most incision scars will fade over time, they will likely be visible to some degree long-term. You should be prepared for the possibility of visible scarring and consider this when making the decision to undergo breast augmentation with XL implants.
Risks Associated with Getting Large Implants
Generally speaking, the risks of breast augmentation surgery are the same, regardless of the size of the implants. However, there may be additional risks due to the size and weight of the implants. For example, large implants can put more strain on the breast tissue and may lead to sagging of your breasts earlier in life. In addition, patients with large implants may experience back or neck pain, discomfort, and limited mobility. Make sure to discuss these risks with Anca during the pre-operative consultation to be fully aware of what you can expect after getting large breast implants.
FAQs about Breast Augmentation with Large Breast Implants
What is the biggest size implants you can get?
- The largest size of breast implants available varies depending on the manufacturer, but generally can go up to 1000cc. However, it’s important to note that not all patients are good candidates for very large implants, and the size of the implants should be chosen based on the patient’s body proportions and desired outcome.
What are XL implants?
- “XL implants” generally refers to breast implants that are larger than the typical range, typically exceeding 500cc in volume. These types of implants are not recommended for some patients as they may pose increased risks and complications.
Do bigger breast implants hurt more?
- There is some discomfort associated with breast augmentation surgery, regardless of the size of the implants used. However, it’s possible that patients who receive very large implants may experience more discomfort during the recovery process. Pain levels can vary depending on the individual and their tolerance for pain. Anca will prescribe pain medication to help you manage the discomfort during the early days of the recovery period.
Further Reading about Breast Procedures with Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna
- Read more about How to Choose the Best Breast Implant Size
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- Read more about Breast Implants under the Muscle – Breast Implant Placement
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- Read more about How to Choose the Best Breast Implant Size
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Medical References about Breast Implant Surgery
- The long-term outcomes of breast implants studied
- US FDA Breast Implant Postapproval Studies: Long-term Outcomes in 99,993 Patients
- How Big Is Too Big? Exploring the Relationship between Breast Implant Volume and Postoperative Complication Rates in Primary Breast Augmentations