Answering a commonly asked question: How do you know if your implants are getting too old or have burst?
Be aware of any changes in the size or shape of your breasts. If you experience any sort of pain or discomfort at all, go and see your doctor! One of the earliest problems that doesn't cause clinical symptoms is an intracapsular rupture of the silicone implant. This is where the silicone is still contained by the capsule that your body forms around the implant.
My recommendation would be that after 10 years of having the implant, go for yearly breast ultrasound examinations to ensure the implant is still intact. With a high definition ultrasound, early ruptures can be detected and the implants can be removed or exchanged before any symptoms develop 🙏💯
Picture 2 is a ruptured breast implant next to the calcified capsule. These implants were many years old. ... See MoreSee Less
For those who are new on here, my name is Frank. I thought it would be a good idea to get to know me a bit more 🤩
Starting from the beginning, I grew up in Germany. I decided to travel after I finished school and came to South Africa where I worked in a few rural hospitals. I was able to work with some incredible doctors and got great practical experience! I then decided to apply for my medical studies in South Africa as well as in Munich. I did get accepted to study medicine in both countries, but decided on South Africa 🇿🇦
While studying, I realized one of my favourite subjects was anatomy, and that’s where my interest in becoming a surgeon started. Growing up, I was always interested in arts, such as drawing, so I also thought about going into architecture, but my father was involved in the building industry and he encouraged me to go into medicine, and that’s how I got to where I am today!
I studied medicine for 6 years in Pretoria and did my internship in Kwa-Zulu Natal for 1 year. I then got an opportunity to specialize in Cape Town, and moved there to begin my 5 year studies in Plastic Surgery. I also studied in Munich after this, where I specialised in craniofacial surgery. I then completed my German, European and Austrian board exams for board recognitions. I also applied, and was the first to be accepted into a fellowship offered by the European Society of Plastic Surgery in combination with the American Society of Plastic Surgery 💯
I then decided to pursue my work as a surgeon and went into private practice in Munich in 2004. In 2005, the dean of the medical faculty of Stellenbosch University asked me to apply to be the Chairman of Plastic Surgery at Stellenbosch University. So I took that opportunity and became the Head of Plastic Surgery of Stellenbosch, where I worked for 10 years. One of my biggest achievements was being under the age of 40, and getting the job as associate professor at the University of Stellenbosch 🙌
Myself and my wife then moved back to Cape Town and have lived here since 2006, and we have 3 wonderful kids! Apart from work and family, I love to travel, surf and skate. I love to go with the flow, and believe we live in exciting times. You never know what’s around the corner! 👀 ... See MoreSee Less