When you get traditional breast implants after a mastectomy, you’ll probably find yourself going back to the doctor several times. The idea is to use a somewhat “deflated” temporary implant, giving the skin on the breast time to stretch and adapt to its new size and shape, and then add extra saline to the implant a little bit at a time to get it to its proper size. Then the temporary implant is replaced with a permanent version.
It all sounds fine in theory, but who wants to deal with all those extra weekly trips to the doctor for several weeks in a row—especially when they involve getting injections in your breasts? We don’t know about you, but we haven’t got the time or energy for that. Plus, there’s the discomfort that can last for days afterward due to the increased pressure inside the breast.
Well now there’s a solution to the discomfort and time-sucking nature of having breast implants. A remote-controlled temporary breast implant allows patients to slowly inflate their implants with air at whatever time they choose. This means you don’t have to go back to the doctor every time you need to inflate the implant a little more, and it doesn’t involve an injection. It’s also less uncomfortable, because you can do it in tinier doses, even several times a day.
This type of breast implant also gives patients some control over their recovery at a time in their lives when they likely feel like they have very little control over anything.
It’s still in the trial phase, but it could make a big difference in the lives of mastectomy patients in the near future. Learn more about the benefits of this implant and what people are saying about it in the video below.
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