7 Potential Risks Of Your Breast Implants

Take caution with breast implants as they have risks of their own

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Breast Implant surgeries are one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures around the world. They may be undertaken for aesthetic purposes, or to reconstruct lost breast tissue after a cancer operation. In either case, be it breast reconstruction or augmentation, there are a few risks and safety precautions to keep in mind.

Risks And Safety Measures For Breast Implants

1. Breast Implants Have Two Kinds

Silicone and saline implants are the two kinds of breast implants

One type is filled with sterile salt water known as saline, while the other is filled with silicone gel. Both implants have some differences in their look and feel. Saline implants are usually considered more ‘fluid’ while silicone ones hold their shape better.[ref]Types of breast implants. American Society Of Plastic Surgeons.[/ref]

2. Silicone Breast Implants Have More Side Effects

Silicone breast implants have more adverse side effects

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Any breast implant is safe until the time it ruptures. However, when a silicone implants ruptures, there is some reason to believe that the residue silicone that leaks into the body exacerbates or marks the beginning of several autoimmune disorders. The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has researched into this and found no connection, but several women with ruptured silicone implants have filed lawsuits in this regard.[ref]Gabriel, Sherine E., W. Michael O’Fallon, Leonard T. Kurland, C. Mary Beard, John E. Woods, and L. Joseph Melton. “Risk of connective-tissue diseases and other disorders after breast implantation.” New England Journal of Medicine 330, no. 24 (1994): 1697-1702.[/ref]

3. Saline Implants Have Prominent Ruptures

Saline implants tend to rupture a lot

An implant can be ruptured due to trauma of one form or another. A saline implant tends to leak out and be reabsorbed by the body, but it is also very visible when it leaks out- as a flattening out

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of the breast. Silicone implants are quieter, in that they are only identified when we go looking for them.[ref]Handel, Neal, J. Arthur Jensen, Quieten Black, James R. Waisman, and Melvin J. Silverstein. “The Fate of Breast Implants: A ut it is also very visible when it leaks out- as a flattening out of the breast. Silicone implants are quieter, in that they are only identified when we go looking for them.[ref]Handel, Neal, J. Arthur Jensen, Quieten Black, James R. Waisman, and Melvin J. Silverstein. “The Fate of Breast Implants: A CriticalAnalysis of Complications and Outcomes.” Plastic and reconstructive surgery 96, no. 7 (1995): 1521-1533.[/ref]

4. Silicone Implants Have A More Deep Insertion

Silicone implants need a deeper insertion

Because silicone implants need to be refilled in order to be inserted, a larger incision may be required for these. A saline implant is filled using a syringe after insertion, so the surgical cut is often smaller.[ref]Moschetta, M., M. Telegrafo, I. Cornacchia, L. Vincenti, V. Ranieri,

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A. CIRILLI, L. Rella, AA STABILE IANORA, and G. Angelelli. “PIP breast implants: rupture rate and correlation with breast cancer.” Il Giornale di chirurgia 35, no. 11-12 (2014): 274.[/ref]

5. Breast Implants Have A Shorter Lifespan

Breast implants have to replaced once every 10 years

With a procedure such as a breast implant, we would expect to see results for life. However, most implants have a life expectancy of ten years post which they need to be replaced.[ref]What You Need to Know About Breast Implants. National Center for Health Research.[/ref]

6. Breast Implants Makes Breastfeeding Hard

It will be very difficult to breastfeed your infant with the implants

Unfortunately, breast implants cause a loss of sensation in the breast in some women. In rare cases, they can also severely hinder milk production and breastfeeding.[ref]Cruz, Norma I., and Leo Korchin.

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“Breastfeeding after augmentation mammaplasty with saline implants.” Annals of plastic surgery 64, no. 5 (2010): 530-533.[/ref]

7. Breast Implants Causes Capsular Contraction

Breast implants can cause the capsular to contract around the breasts

Sometimes, the scar tissue from breast reconstruction can form a capsule around the implant and cause it to harden. This often painful condition can require surgery to correct the problem.[ref]Fagrell, Dan, Anders Berggren, and Erkki Tarpila. “Capsular contracture around saline-filled fine textured and smooth mammary implants: a prospective 7.5-year follow-up.” Plastic and reconstructive surgery 108, no. 7 (2001): 2108-2112.[/ref]