Top 5 Breast Implant Facts You Need to Know

 If you are considering getting breast implants, whether for reconstruction after a mastectomy or for cosmetic augmentation reasons, you may find that there is a lot of conflicting and often overwhelming information floating around about implants. 


 Learning the facts about breast implants, and learning how the implant procedure works, can help you to work your way through the decision-making process.

1. Both saline and silicone implants are considered safe

Despite overblown fears shared by the media, extensive research has demonstrated that both saline and silicone implants are safe to use. Several decades ago there were concerns raised about the connection between implants and certain illnesses. These concerns were debunked with thorough research.

Deciding which implant option is best for you is a personal decision and shouldn’t be impacted by any fears that once surrounded silicone implants. The silicone that is used is biocompatible, which means that it is safe to be used within the human body.

2. Implants don’t have an expiration date on them

According to Dr. Perron, despite what some may believe, implants do not have a set expiration date. Some cosmetic surgeons may recommend that implants are replaced every 10 years, without fail. However, the majority of women with implants don’t have any issues with their implants even at the decade mark.

Getting routine checks of your implants can help to ensure that they are still in great shape. Any concerns, such as a shift in placement or rupture or leak, can then be addressed during the examination.

3. You may require additional surgery

Outside of a leak or rupture, there are some concerns that may make it necessary to have a follow-up surgery at some point. Other complications are rare, but can occur. This could include the development of thicker than normal scar tissue that can wrap around the implants. It could lead to the breasts feeling hard and looking misshaped. It could also lead to moderate discomfort.

Changes in your body could lead to a shift in the implant, requiring it to be moved back into place by your plastic surgeon. Many women get implants prior to pregnancy.
Changes brought upon by pregnancy, including changes in size, can lead to the implants shifting and looking unnatural.

4. You can breastfeed with breast implants

The majority of women who get implants are able to breastfeed their babies. There are a number of factors that may make it more of a challenge, but there is no evidence that breastfeeding with implants is impossible or unsafe for both baby and mother.

It’s important to keep in mind that women who have undergone breast reconstruction after a mastectomy will have had all milk ducts removed when the breast tissue was removed.
If you hope to one day breastfeed be sure to mention it to your surgeon during your consultation.

5. You can’t always get the size that you want

While there are women who do get breast implants that are clearly too large for them, it’s not advisable to do so. The size of your body frame, including your rib cage, along with the elasticity of your skin, will play a role in the size implants that will look best for you.

Your surgeon will be able to help you to determine which size is the best option to help you to meet your cosmetic needs. Keep in mind that the larger the implant, the more potential there is for needing revision surgery at some point in the future.

The best way to fully understand all there is to know about breast implants is to be open and honest with your cosmetic surgeon. Ask all of your questions and be realistic about the goals that you have for this surgery.
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