According to the statistics, the popularity of breast augmentation has almost tripled since 1997. Almost 300 000 women have undergone the procedure in 2014, which makes breast augmentation one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. Having these statistics in mind, it’s essential that women all over the world are well-informed about all the benefits and risks that breast augmentation carries.
You can Choose between Silicone and Saline
The majority of the implants that are used for breast augmentation are silicone. While fewer people opt for saline, both have many advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, those who opt for silicone will end up with breasts that feel and look very close to those without implants. However, any ruptures or damages are much easier to detect than in saline implants. On the other hand, saline implants will alert the person sooner that there is something wrong, due to their water-like filling. They will become smaller over time, which will indicate that they need to be replaced.
Breast Implants Don’t Last Forever
If you’ve decided to go under the knife, you should know that that won’t be the last time in the OR. Implants are not timeless, so you’ll need to replace them with new ones after 10-12 years. Some of the reasons for replacement is asymmetry, wrong size, or malposition. The implants may move a little due to intense impacts in the chest area. Pregnancy, weight loss, or change in preference could also be some of the reasons you’ll undergo another surgery several years after the first one.
The Side Effects are Possible
Every surgery has its risks, and so does the breast augmentation. The problems that can occur are various infections, nipple numbness, chronic breast pain, necrosis, breakage or leakage of the implant or forming of a scar tissue around the implant called capsular contracture, which will require a capsular contracture treatment. Additionally, in some cases, bacteria or mould can develop in saline implants, which can cause some serious problems in the patient’s body if the implants break or leak.
It May Cause Trouble with Breastfeeding
According to research, women who have undergone a breast augmentation are three times more susceptible to lack of milk supply for breastfeeding. Therefore, it’s recommended that every woman who wants to have her breast enlarged should wait until after she’s had a child.
Breasts tend to grow in pregnancy due to the process of lactation, so you may be perfectly satisfied with the result after the delivery. What’s more you won’t have to worry about providing your baby with healthy milk.
What Happens after You Remove the Implants
Some statistics show that one in every five women who has undergone breast augmentation chooses to remove the implants after five to ten years. Most of them were either not happy with the result or could not handle some of the side effects, including back pain, or nipple sensitivity.
Unfortunately, once you have the implants removed, the breasts will not look the way did before the surgery. Sagging, puckering, and dimpling are some of the unattractive consequences of the implant removal. A patient will have to undergo some reconstructive surgery in order to tighten the skin and lift the breasts.
Breast augmentation, as every other procedure, comes with certain risks. Therefore, be sure to do the research before you decide to go under the knife. What’s more, talk to a professional who’s had plenty of experience performing the surgery, so that you know you’re in good hands. Nothing is more important than your life, so choose wisely whom you’re going to trust it with. Ask about any risks, complications and outcomes that you might end up with, and only then make the final decision.
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Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate writer. In her free time she enjoys writing interesting and informative posts on women's health and fitness related themes.
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