Options for body enhancements

While breast enhancements are the most common form of body implants, medical technology has given birth to a wide range of other options. Anatomical implants are used as a form of body modification by people seeking cosmetic solutions to body image challenges as well as individuals with an extreme interest in body art. Penile implants, butt implants and cheek implants can also make a dramatic difference in the way you look.

The Cost of Gel Implants

The price of your procedure will vary according to the exact type of surgery you're undergoing. Regardless of whether you're seeking buttock implants, chin implants or other facial implants, you'll be levied with three different fees: facility fees, anesthesia fees and surgeons' fees. Expect your procedure to cost a minimum of $3,000.

Patient Evaluation

To qualify for a body modification procedure, you'll need to be in good overall health with no serious underlying medical conditions. Your surgeon will discuss your medical history with you in detail, and you'll need to disclose any known allergies to medications as well as any drugs you're currently taking.

If your mobility is affected by poliomyelitis or spina bifida, your doctor may recommend that you get body implants which can restore stability to weakened body areas. Calf implants are sometimes prescribed to people who suffer from clubfoot, which is a birth defect that affects the appearance of your calves.

Anatomical Implant Procedures

Body modification surgeries are usually performed on an outpatient basis. Most procedures take about two hours to complete, and are carried out while the patient is under general or local anesthesia. The exact details of the procedure you'll undergo depend on what type of implants you're getting, but they all follow a basic model. You'll be anesthetized and monitored to ensure you don't have any unexpected reactions to the medications. Then, the doctor will make incisions, place the gel implants and suture the incisions.

The Risks of Body Implants

All surgical procedures carry a degree of risk. The most common risks, side effects and complications of body and breast implant surgeries include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Scarring
  • Hematoma (blood clotting)
  • Asymmetry
  • Infection
  • Muscle damage
  • Nerve damage

Recovery from Implant Surgery

The exact recovery protocol you'll follow depends on the bodily area that you've modified, but invariably involves resting the affected body part(s) for several days to several weeks following surgery. Some common pieces of advice that doctors give their patients include keeping the affected area elevated, avoiding strenuous physical activity, managing pain with over-the-counter or prescription medications and remaining at rest until the acute aftereffects of surgery begin to resolve.

One notable exception occurs with calf implants; your doctor will probably tell you that you should walk as much as you can manage following a calf implant procedure. This will reduce the possibility of blood clots forming beneath the operative site.

Your surgeon will have you come in a few days after surgery so he or she can observe the site, assess its healing progress and ensure no infection is imminent. Stitches in your suturing may be removed at this point as well.

Alternatives to Surgery

While many herbal nutritional supplements and other holistic treatments claim to offer fantastic benefits, these assertions are debatable and are usually backed with relatively little in the way of scientific evidence. If at all possible, you should try to correct any perceived aesthetic deficiencies in your body through diet and exercise programs before you turn to surgery.