What kind of risks are involved with breast augmentation?

There are a few risks that need to be taken into consideration before having breast augmentation surgery.


Surgery: Breast augmentation is a form of invasive surgery and is subject to the same risks as any other kind of surgery.


Rupture: Implants can rupture and leak silicone gel or saline solution into your body. While the likelihood is minimal, any woman cosidering implants should learn about ruptures first before she considers having surgery.


Displacement: After your breast augmentation surgery, your implants can move out of position at any time - downward, upward, or even left or right. The more the implants move, the more likely you will need corrective surgery. Displacement is more common with larger sized implants.


Are there long term risks involved with breast implants?

Capsular Contracture: this occurs when the body forms a layer of scar tissue around the implant, causing it to become firm, have an unnatural shape, and even cause pain. It is believed that saline implants have a lower likelihood of capsular contracture than silicone gel implants. Corrective surgery will fix the problem: the scar tissue and implant will be removed, and a new implant can be inserted. However, the problem may return.


Mammography Interference: All breast implants interfere with a mammogram's ability to view all of the breast tissue. Under the muscle implants provide the least amount of obstruction, allowing for 90% of the breast tissue to be reviewed. Over the muscle implants allow only about 75% of the breast tissue to be seen with a mammogram.


Implant Rupture: Saline and Silicone implants can and do rupture, although it is very uncommon. when they rupture, they leak their filler into the body. Saline implants will leak a saltwater solution wich is believed to be relatively harmless to the body. In addition, if a saline implant ruptures, it will deflate rapidly and be quite noticeable, allowing for immediate detection. On the other hand, silicone gel implants are much more difficult to detect when they rupture, and the FDA recommends a bi-annual MRI to help detect a leaking or ruptured silicone gel implant.


Which implant is safest: silicone or saline?

Saline implants are generally considered the safest implant currently available. This is because the implant is fillede with a saltwater solution that is relatively harmless to the human body.


Silicone gel implants, on the other hand, have undergone more study, analysis, and testing than any other medical device in history. Despite the fact that the FDA finally approved silicone implants for unrestricted use, they are not considered as safe as saline breast implants.


What is the first step towards having surgery?

The first step is to do your own research. You can join online user groups and forums and discuss plastic surgery procedures with other people who have an interest or who might have undergone a procedure themselves.


Once you make the decision that you may actually benefit from the surgery, you should then contact a licensed, board certified surgeon and schedule an initial consultation. Most surgeons provide free initial consultations for new clients.


How can I learn more?

As mentioned above, performing your own research is a good place to start. But nothing can compare to actually having a sit down consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and the potential long term benefits you can expect from having surgery.