Men and women can struggle with the appearance of their body, especially if they have a specific problem or have been involved in an accident. Body implants are a form of cosmetic surgery that can enhance the shape of the body and correct problems such as club foot, spina bifida and polio.
Body implants can be placed in any area where there is a contour defect, such as the buttocks, calves, biceps, triceps, pectorals, breasts, chin, cheek and penis. Results are location-specific and are designed to realign the body through a subtle increase in volume to targeted areas. The implants are made from silicone and this is an advanced procedure that is offered by Dr Laniewski.
While implants are often used purely for aesthetic reasons, implants are also used in reconstructive surgery to recreate symmetry for patients who have had previous surgery, injury or disease.
What happens during the procedure?
The process for body implants is straight forward for a specialist, like Dr Laniewski. There will be an incision made at the site where the body implant is to be inserted. The incisions will follow the skin markings that are made before the procedure begins. The placement of the incision is carefully considered to ensure it allows correct placement of the implant and that the incision is as inconspicuous as possible. Then the body implant will be carefully inserted to create the desired look.
For example, the calf implant procedure will involve placing the incision in the natural creases behind the knee. This will allow for the insertion of the implant, as well as hiding scarring from view.
For bicep and triceps implants, an incision will be made at the top of the armpit. Again, this means that any scarring that is left will be inconspicuous. A pocket will be created for the implant, which will be a soft tissue area in the muscle and fat.
If you have chosen to have pectoral implants, the implant will be inserted through an incision made through the armpit or into the lower breast area. Dr Laniewski will choose the best area for the patient, as well as ensure any scarring is subtle and this will be discussed during your consultation.
Surgery will normally last around two hours. But, this will depend on the area of the body that is having the implants.
Does the body implants procedure hurt?
The body implants procedure is designed to be as comfortable as possible for the patient. You will receive a general anaesthetic before surgery, which means that you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Some pain relief can be issued after the surgery if patients require it.
What can I expect after having implants?
It is normal to experience some swelling and bruising in the area where you have just had body implants. There may also be some discomfort straight after surgery. This should not concern you and will subside over time as the body recovers from the procedure. In addition, some patients can experience some temporary numbness after the procedure, but generally this is nothing to worry about and will resolve itself.
There is some downtime that is associated with body implants. It is normal for patients to take around four to seven days off work after surgery for rest and recovery. But, this can vary from patient to patient and will also depend on the site of the implant. The results of your body implants will be revealed slowly as discolouration and swelling subsides, which can take a number of weeks up to a couple of months.
Aftercare instructions will be given by Dr Laniewski and it will depend where you have had body implants what precautions you should take during your recovery. For example, if you have had calf implants, you will have to wear compression socks and avoid driving for two weeks after the procedure, or if you have had pectoral implants, you will be required to wear a compression garment for six weeks. Generally, all body implants will involve avoiding strenuous exercise for a number of weeks. Again Dr Laniewski will make it clear to you what you should expect after having body implants.
Who is the ideal candidate for body implants?
Suitable candidates for body implants include those patients who want to address certain contour defects on their bodies and enhance their physical appearance. This can be for aesthetic reasons and to create a more defined and toned appearance, just as much as to correct an abnormality that was created by genetic conditions.
Some conditions that can be helped by body implants include:
- Spina Bifida
- Pectus recurvatum
- Poland Syndrome
If you would like to find out more about body implants and how this procedure can help you, you can arrange a consultation with Dr Laniewski today.