10 things you should know before getting breast implants
Breast implants are a popular choice for many women, and while the decision to get them is a personal one, there are some things you should know before going ahead with the surgery.
What are breast implants?
A breast implant is a prosthesis used to change the size, shape, and contour of the breasts. They are often used for reconstructive surgery, to increase the size of breasts that are naturally small, to correct asymmetry, or to improve the appearance of breasts after weight loss or pregnancy. It is a common cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States.
Breast implants are also used to reconstruct the breast(s) in women with breast cancer. In this case, they may be filled with saline solution or silicone gel, and for some women who have not undergone mastectomy (“breast removal surgery”), breast implants can give the appearance of a breast.
There are three general types of breast implant devices: saline, silicone gel, and composite (saline & silicone). Composite implants are filled with a combination of saline solution and silicone gel. Saline implants are the most widely used type in the United States. Silicone implants have been used more often in Europe than in North America and are associated with higher rates of capsular contracture (hardening and distortion of the breasts). Lastly, composite implants combine saline solution and silicone gel. These devices may be filled with either saline or silicone gel, however “gummy bear” implants, which contain solid silicone within a thick, soft silicone shell, were removed from the market in November 2013 after the FDA confirmed that the devices were over-reporting performance data.
10 important points to consider before making your final decision.
1. Breast implants are a popular choice for many women and come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your individual needs.
2. Breast implants are not just for women who have had children – they can be used to improve the appearance of breasts regardless of your age or childbearing status.
3. Breast implants are not just for women with small breasts – they can be used to increase breast size in either case.
4. Breast implants are not just for women who are unhappy with their current appearance – they can also be used to correct asymmetry between breasts.
5. Breast implants are not a one-time procedure – you may need to go back for additional surgeries down the road depending on your desired results.
6. Breast implants will not interfere with breastfeeding – however, they can make it more difficult to readjust your bra strap after the baby is born.
7. Breast implants are not permanent and may need to be replaced or removed for various reasons, such as capsular contracture (hardening of the implant).
8. Breast implants can cause problems with your body’s connective tissue and the development of variable degrees of pain that may be either chronic or acute and can range from mild to intolerable – you will need to be prepared for the possibility of revisional surgery.
9. There is a risk of infection – you will need to take meticulous care of your incisions to help prevent wound healing complications.
10. There is a possibility that the implants can harden, scar, become painful, or require re-operation – be prepared for the fact that you may have to undergo revisional surgery.
While breast implants are a popular choice for many women, they come with a number of risks and potential complications that you should be aware of before making your final decision. It is important to consider all of the pros and cons carefully before moving forward with surgery.