FAQs about breast augmentation

What are the requirements to get Motiva Implants®?

Motiva Implants® Breast implants are indicated for the following procedures in female patients

  • Breast augmentation for women of at least 18 years of age, including previous augmentation to increase the breast size and revision surgery to correct or improve the result of a previous breast augmentation surgery.
  • Breast reconstruction, including previous reconstruction to replace breast tissue that has been removed due to cancer or trauma, or that has failed to develop properly due to a severe breast anomaly, as well as revision surgery to correct or improve the results of a previous breast reconstruction surgery.
Who should not get Motiva Implants®?

Breast implant surgery should not be performed in women with the following conditions:

  • Active infections anywhere in their body
  • Existing carcinoma of the breast (without mastectomy)
  • Advanced fibrocystic disease considered premalignant (without accompanying subcutaneous mastectomy)
  • Any disease clinically known to impact wound-healing ability
  • Tissue characteristics clinically incompatible with mammoplasty
  • Currently ongoing pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • Any condition – or treatment – determined by the surgeon to constitute an unjustifiable surgical risk
What complications might occur with breast implants?

Breast implant surgery, which is often performed using general anesthesia, is associated with the same risks as other invasive surgical procedures. Complications vary from patient to patient. After breast implant surgery, patients may experience the following symptoms over the first few weeks:

  • Swelling
  • Hardness
  • Discomfort
  • Itching
  • Bruising
  • Pain

Additional potential adverse events that may occur after silicone gel-filled breast implant surgery also include:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Rupture
  • Alterations in nipple and breast sensation
  • Infection
  • Hematoma/seroma
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Implant extrusion
  • Necrosis
  • Granuloma
  • Breast tissue atrophy
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Gel diffusion
  • Gel fracture
  • Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL)

If you are unfamiliar with the previously mentioned terminology and would like to learn more, please contact your doctor and/or surgeon.

After breast surgery, how long does the recovery process take?

Your recovery process depends on your individual case specifics and other variables. Adequately specifying a time frame of recovery is up to your surgeon. Below is brief, general information on what recovery might look like:

  • During the first 48 hours after surgery, you might have an elevated body temperature and your breasts may remain swollen and sensitive to physical contact for a month or longer.
  • Both should fade away over time.
  • You are likely to feel tired and sore for several days following the operation.
  • You could experience a feeling of tightness in the breast area as the skin adjusts to the new breast size.
  • You should avoid any strenuous activities for at least a couple of weeks but should be able to return to work within a few days.
  • Breast massage may also be recommended as appropriate (do not massage the area unless your surgeon specifically tells you to do so).
Is the microtransponder (Qid®) safe for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)? Does it interfere with MRI images?

Yes, the microtransponder (Qid®) is MRI safe. The device is “MRI conditional”, meaning that it has been demonstrated to pose no known hazards in a specified MRI environment with specified conditions of use.

Qid® may create an imaging void during MRI (known as an artifact effect) that can block visualization of a small area of minor breast tissue near it. In select cases, alternative imaging techniques such as ultrasound, tomosynthesis, digital compression mammography, subtraction contrast mammography, and/or scintimammography can be used to better visualize the region obstructed by Qid®.

Can breast implants interfere with mammographies?

Breast implants may complicate the interpretation of mammographic images by obscuring underlying breast tissue and/or by compressing overlying tissue. Prior to any examination, you should inform your imaging technician about the presence, type, and placement of your implants and to request a diagnostic mammography, rather than a screening mammography. Accredited mammography centers, technicians with experience in examining patients with breast implants, and the use of displacement techniques are needed to adequately visualize breast tissue in the implanted breast. The current recommendations for pre-operative/screening mammograms are no different for women with breast implants than for women without implants. Pre- and post-surgical mammography may be performed to determine a baseline for future routine scanning in augmentation patients.

Can I breastfeed with breast implants?

The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that there is no reason why a woman with implants should refrain from nursing. However, breast implant surgery may interfere with how optimal breastfeeding may be, either by reducing or eliminating milk production.

Most women with breast implants who attempt nursing have successfully breastfed their babies. It is not known if there are increased risks for a woman with breast implants or if the children of women with breast implants are more likely to have health problems.

Please inform your surgeon in advance of your procedure if you wish to have the option to breastfeed afterwards, as a surgical approach with this consideration may reduce the chance of breastfeeding difficulties.

How long do Motiva Implants® last?

Breast implants are not lifetime devices. However, the life expectancy of a silicone breast implant cannot be precisely estimated or guaranteed, as there are many factors beyond the manufacturer’s control that can affect the longevity of a device.

The time period varies from patient to patient. Some patients could need replacement surgery within a few years after the primary procedure, while others can have their implants intact for 10 years or longer.

If you experience pain or a change in appearance, please see your surgeon. To safeguard your health and final aesthetic outcome, it is important that you return to your plastic surgeon’s office for the follow-up evaluations they prescribe. Yearly visits are recommended to verify the device’s integrity. During the 10-year follow-up visit, your surgeon should assess whether it is advisable to remove and replace your implants.

Which Motiva Implants® will give me a round look?

The Motiva Implants® that best produce a round aesthetic appearance are MOTIVA®ROUND with ProgressiveGel® Plus, which provides the highest projection and a complete filling of the upper pole.

However, it is important to discuss your goals and implant choices in consultation with your surgeon before assuming a certain implant type is the best option for you.

Which Motiva Implants® provide a more natural appearance?

ERGONOMIX® with ProgressiveGel Ultima® are designed for women who want a breast implant that offers the most natural look and feel possible; one that even adapts to their natural movements.

However, it is important to discuss your goals and implant choices in consultation with your surgeon before assuming a certain implant type is the best option for you.