Making the decision to get breast implants is not a decision that most women make lightly. There are a lot of factors that can easily have an impact on the decision-making process. Quite often, augmentation procedure patients neglect to focus on the potential downsides to getting implants.
They can only see the benefits of augmentation surgery and focus on that. While no one wants to consider any potential downsides to something that could help to positively change their life and self-confidence, it’s important to at least consider some of the concerns that women should have.
Are implants safe to get?
Studies conducted over the past several decades have demonstrated that the breast implants themselves, whether saline or silicone gel, are not connected with any serious illnesses. There was once a reported connected between ruptured silicone implants and an increased risk of several immunological disorders, to include fibromyalgia and lupus. Countless studies and extensive research determined that there was no connection between the reported illnesses and silicone gel implants. There have been no reported concerns with saline implants.
Both types of implants are widely considered to be safe for patients.
Do breast implants rupture?
One of the concerns to keep in mind with breast augmentation details is that there is a risk of rupture with any kind of implant. A rupture could be the result of a surgical error, a fall or injury directly to the chest and very rarely from the pressure during a mammogram.
The rupture of a saline implant is very easy to notice. The shape will change quite drastically in a few days. The saline is simply saltwater and will be harmlessly absorbed by the body. The rupture of a silicone implant can be a little bit less noticeable and slower. The appearance of the breast may change very slowly as the silicone gel leaks. The silicone gel can sometimes spread away from the breast. This may sound alarming but studies have not demonstrated any increased risks of illness or disease.
Breast implants and breastfeeding
There is often the idea that implants mean that a woman cannot breastfeed when she has children. As is the case with any medical or cosmetic surgery, there are no absolute. The majority of implants are placed under the pectoral muscle. This means that they won’t impact the actual internal structure of the breast. The ducts will stay attached to the nipple.
This means that most patients will implant with still be able to breastfeed.
There has been no evidence seen, even after more than a decade of studies and research, that silicone gel implants can have an adverse impact on the baby being breastfed.
There is a risk with any surgical procedure. Discussing your concerns with your surgeon can help to set your mind at ease about some of them. There is a risk with anesthesia and surgery in general, along with the potential for infection during the recovery stage. Numbness in the breast, along with thickened scar tissue is also a concern for some patients.
The more that you learn about your risks, the better prepared you will be to make the right decision for your future and the cosmetic surgeries that can help to enhance your profile and confidence.