The decision to have breast implants and breast augmentation surgery should not be taken lightly. This type of cosmetic surgery is very common but can have permanent disastrous effects. Before you embark on surgery such as this, it is vital that you understand the procedure, the recovery time, and any risks associated with it.
Here are five things you need to know before making an informed decision about breast implants and breast augmentation surgery:
Who can have it?
The procedure is regarded as medical for women who have had a mastectomy or suffered some kind of trauma that injured their breast. Those who have experienced a developmental defect in breast growth can also undergo this surgery for medical purposes. For others who wish to have the surgery because they feel it will make their appearance better, the surgery is elective.
What types of breast implants are there?
Dr. Augusto Rojas, in an interview on Rojas TV, states that there are two main types of breast implants. There are saline breast implants which are filled with a salt water solution. Then there are silicone implants which are filled with silicone gel. Both types of breast implants are encased in a silicone outer layer. They come in different shapes and sizes so that your doctor can determine which is best for you.
What are the risks of surgery like this?
A plastic surgeon is obligated to inform a patient of the risks of the procedure. The doctor also needs to assess the patient to make sure that they aren’t more susceptible to the risk factors than others. These are some of the risks that breast augmentation and breast implant surgery carry:
- a) A rupture or tear in the implant after the surgery. The leaking breast implant may not be detected immediately. The fluids leaked into the body may create health implications.
- b) Breast pain that continues well after surgery.
- c) Breast implant associated-anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ACL). This is a cancer of the immune system cells called lymphocytes.
- d) Excessive scar tissue that may cause discomfort.
- e) Post-operative infection or rejection of the breast implant.
4. Do you do it once in your lifetime?
The short answer here is no. It is unlikely that your implants will last your full lifetime. There’s no hard and fast rule for how long they’ll last. But you should be aware that you may face additional surgeries. Bear in mind that there may be long-term risks to breast implants, especially those that need replacement. Therefore, monitoring your breast implants is vital. It is advisable to follow your plastic surgeon’s advice about scheduling check-ups.
A good plastic surgeon
It may be tempting to have implants done at a cheaper price. But be sure that your surgeon is reputable and that you form a good and lasting relationship with them.