Have you ever dreamed of having the perfect C ?…..are you thinking about going for a boob job and getting breast implants just to have the perfect C? ….are you currently considering cosmetic surgery to gain breast volume ?
Many women dream of having the perfect C size breast and getting a boob job to achieve their dreams but before you opt for breast augmentation surgery make sure that you understand the risks of breast implants, otherwise the suffering, if things go wrong will never be worth the exercise just to gain breast volume.
Did you know that 3% of patients who have gone for breast augmentation surgery suffer some leakage within three years of surgery causing deflated implants?
Occasionally, breast implants may break or leak. With Saline implants, the saline fill is salt water and that will be absorbed by the body without ill side effects. However Silicon implants, as the name says, have silicone gel and if this leaks one of two things can happen.
Now this is very important so please read this carefully. Regardless of any operation, scar tissue forms around all implants and it is a natural part of the healing process. The scar tissue itself around any breast implant is not an issue unless it starts tightening at which point your breast may feel firmer and more unnatural and even painful. When the silicon implant breaks and the silicon leaks into the surrounding tissues it feels like the implant is deflating. The leaking silicon gel may collect in the breast and a new scar may form around it. Alternatively it may migrate through the lymphatic system and other areas of the body. This may require a second operation and a full replacement of the leaking silicon implant. The dangers of a silicone implant leaking and migrating to other parts of the body is that it may not be possible to remove all the silicone gel. This silicone gel is what some say is related to connective tissue disorders. Connective tissues are the structural portions of our body that essentially hold the cells of the body together and these tissues form the framework for your body.
What are the causes for boob implants, be it a silicon implant or a saline implant to rupture or deflate?
Some of the possible causes include:
- Damage by surgical instruments during the breast implant surgery
- Over filling or under filling of the saline implant with saline solution (this only applies for saline filled breast implants)
- Capsular contracture – a condition where the fibrous capsule surrounding a breast implant tightens or thickens causing excessive firmness and distortion of the breast
- Closed capsulotomy - compression from the outside of the breast in an attempt to break up scar tissue and release the scar tissue of the capsule. This is a procedure which is not recommended by doctors and strongly advised against by the manufacturers of the breast implants due to risk of breast implant rupture.
- Stress such as trauma or intense physical manipulation
- Excessive compression of breasts during mammography imaging
- Placement through umbilical incision
- Site injury to the breast
- Normal aging of breast implants
- Unknown or unexplained reasons
The FDA completed a retrospective study on ruptures of silicone breast implants. This study performed in Birmingham, Alabama, included women who had their first breast implant before 1988. The women with silicon breast implants had an MRI examination of both breasts to determine of their breast implants. In this study, the 344 women who received an MRI examination had a total of 687 breast implants and of these 687 breast implants at least two of the three radiologist participating in that study agreed that 378 breast implants were ruptured (55%). Extrapolating from that, this means that 69% of the 344 women participating in the study, had at least one ruptured breast implant. Furthermore, taking this study a bit further, of the 344 women, 73 women or 21% had extracapsular silicone gel in one or both breasts. Factors which can contribute to breast implant rupture include increasing age of the breast implant, the manufacturer of the breast implant and sub-muscular rather than sub-glandular location of the breast implant.
The most common complication of breast implants is capsular contracture, which as mentioned above is a condition where the fibrous capsule surrounding a breast implant tightens or thickens causing excessive firmness and distortion of the breast. The only choice is to settle for additional surgery to remove the scar tissue or to remove—and perhaps replace—the breast implant.
In contrast to the silicon breast implant study, a prospective clinical study of saline breast implants conducted by Mentor, the cumulative, 3-year, by patient rates of a first occurrence of capsular contracture Grades III and IV were 9% for the 1264 augmentation patients and 30% for the 416 reconstruction patients.
A further prospective clinical study of saline breast implants conducted by McGhan, the cumulative, 3-year, by patient rates of a first occurrence of capsular contracture Grades III and IV were 9% for the 901 augmentation patients and 25% for the 237 reconstruction patients. For more information…click here!
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