HealthWACH: Remote controlled breast implants



Breast implants seem to be known as a cosmetic procedure, but with the increasing rate of women who develop breast cancer, it is more than a confidence boost. Women opt to have a breast augmentation after a mastectomy to reconstruct the damage that breast cancer left behind. A mastectomy is a surgical procedure that removes all of the breast and nipple. A woman may choose to have a mastectomy to remove the entire breast, a partial mastectomy that removes some of the breast, or a lumpectomy to remove the tumor and surrounding breast tissue.

If you are experiencing any of the signs below, it is suggested that you schedule a visit with your physician.

  • A lump the size of a pea

  • Discharge from nipple

  • Redness of the nipple or skin on breast

  • A lump in the breast or near the armpit that carries through the menstrual cycle

  • Hardened area under the skin

  • Change in appearance of the skin

When it comes to deciding what to do when you are diagnosed with breast cancer, most patients are encouraged to go through radiation and chemotherapy. If surgery becomes necessary, then a patient is to decide between a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. If a mastectomy is the final decision as far as surgery, then a woman may consider going back under the knife after remission. This surgery entails breast reconstruction or breast augmentation. There are two different makes of implants; silicone and saline. Each option will depend on the patientâ??s physical situation and preference.

The latest make of breast implants are remote controlled. This new technology named, AeroForm entails a CO2 cartridge and an antenna. All the patient has to do is push a button on the remote and relax as the CO2 is released into the expander. This practice cuts down doctor visits and is less painful than traditional reconstructive procedures. Patients cannot overdose on their CO2 releases because the remote is programmed to allow up to thirty ccâ??s a day. Patients opt for this new procedure because it does not require months to inflate and patients donâ??t have to endure the pain of a needle during traditional procedures.