BREAST AUGMENTATION IN THE PHILIPPINES: SMOOTH VS. TEXTURED IMPLANTS

One of the most popular cosmetic surgeries across the world, including the Philippines, is breast augmentation. It not only improves the appearance, shape, and size of the breasts but also aids the needs of breast cancer survivors who underwent mastectomy and lumpectomy as well as the trans women looking for aesthetic transformation. 

Given the rise of this kind of surgical procedure in the Philippines, it is also vital to take into account multiple factors that would be essential upon your  surgery. For better results, you shall consider several factors such as body shape, body size, breast shape, and symmetry. Also, choosing the surgeon to perform  your surgery and a suitable breast implant  must be taken into account to ensure safety and reliability. When choosing the right implant for your surgery, think about the type of implant surface that best suits your goals.

Breast Implant Surfaces: Their Characteristics and Differences

People can easily categorize breast implants through its surface or outer shell. These implants can either be smooth or textured, either available as silicone implants or saline implants. As the majority are already familiar with the materials inside an implant, it is also vital to know what are the characteristics and differences of each implant surface. This will determine the type of outer shell suitable for your  aesthetic needs. 

As mentioned, implants could either be smooth or textured. Smooth implants are not as thick as textured but are softer and more natural. On the other hand, textured implants have thick shells that are rough and are similar to sandpaper, but when compared to smooth implants, these create a firmer feel.

Textured implants are either round or teardrop in shape, while smooth implants are usually in round shape. Teardrop implants require a textured shell as it helps adhere to breast tissue and prevent rotation of the implant. Meanwhile, smooth-walled silicone and saline breast implants are the most common choice for  breast augmentation patients and plastic surgeons today due to lesser rates of complications when compared to the textured ones.

Risks associated with textured implants include capsular contracture. Capsular contracture is a breast augmentation complication that develops when a capsule of scar tissue forms around the implant. This contraction leads to distortion  and hardening of the implant. It is caused by an excessive fibrotic reaction for which cause is still unknown. However, according to different studies, the occurrence of the contracture is highly associated with implants with rough surfaces.

Also, there is a rare immune system cancer associated with breast implants known as Breast Implants Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). BIA-ALCL results in swelling or fluid accumulation in the breast or around the implant, lumps, pain, and redness. Studies show that textured implants produce higher risks of BIA-ALCL development. The rough surface of these implants makes it prone to bacterial adhesions, which then causes infection and inflammation.

Implant Innovations With Motiva Breast Implants

Back-up with years of research, MotivaⓇ Breast Implants offers a range  of safe and high-technology implants that would satisfy the surgeon’s and patient’s needs. A 6-year prospective study shows that  MotivaⓇ Implants exhibit less than 1% of capsular contracture and zero cases of Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). 

MotivaⓇ Breast implant has a SmoothSilkⓇSurface that is medically proven to have lower implant-related complications such as late seroma, implant rippling and rupture, as well as capsular contracture. It also significantly minimizes inflammation. Furthermore, it is powered by a TrueMonoblocⓇ shell configuration that gives tensile strength to improve the mechanical qualities of the implants. These two features allow easy insertion through smaller incisions (2.5cm to 3cm) during operation.

MotivaⓇ Round Implants have a patented gel called ProgressiveGel Plus™, which gives a more upper fullness of the breast with aesthetic appearance. Motiva® also offers a warranty program called the Always Confident Warranty. It is a 10-year warranty that gives financial assistance for each affected implant, applicable to the cost of the revision surgery in the event of a warranty claim for rupture or capsular contracture Baker grades III and IV.

MotivaⓇ Implants are  cleared for commercial distribution in 60 countries worldwide, including the ASEAN market in the likes of the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, and many more. To get to know the characteristics and offerings of the implant, visit their website for more information.