According to statistics, breast augmentation has been gaining enormous popularity over the last two decades during which period it has almost tripled reaching its peak in 2014 when it was the most frequent cosmetic surgery undergone by women. While it is definitely proven that having breast implants positively affects the quality of life and increases women’s self-esteem, the scientific studies have also pointed out that these surgical interventions lead to potential complications and can have a detrimental effect on overall physical and mental health. Most of the women who decide to undergo breast augmentation are largely unaware of the risk it carries and are usually puzzled by the amount of information they hear regarding the safety of this surgical procedure. Here are a few important facts every woman should know before having their breasts augmented.
There are numerous surgical risks each woman should be aware of before undergoing the procedure. Apart from the potential side-effects that anesthesia can cause, infection, hematoma and loss of nipple sensitivity are just a few of many complications that women might encounter during and after the surgery. Also, a scar tissue commonly known as a capsular contractor can form around breast implant and might require postoperative capsular contracture treatment. Moreover, a certain number of women might not be satisfied with cosmetic results, which will undoubtedly influence their self-confidence and their sexual satisfaction. Consequently, this could lead to the women having a surgery reconstruction at least once within a period of three years which is not only a costly venture but painful and risky as well.
There is a general misconception among a majority of women that after a surgical procedure, breast implants last a lifetime. Most of the implants develop small silent ruptures after some time. How long they will last depends not only on the quality of the silicone, but also on the individual who undertakes this endeavor. Besides the fact that these silicone ruptures can be excruciatingly painful and might result in heavy soreness and numerous side-effects such as bacteria, mold and fungus development, which can further lead to serious health issues, they can also adversely affect breast size and shape.
Development of breast cancer
While there has not been scientific evidence that breast augmentation causes cancer, recent research has shown that there is an obvious connection between breast implants and the development of breast cancer and that women who had their breasts augmented might have a small but increased risk of suffering from this life-threatening fatal disease. Furthermore, breast tumors can be difficult to detect even by means of mammography with women who have breast implants and, consequently, they are usually diagnosed with later-stage cancer, which further requires a more radical surgical intervention.
Women who have undergone breast surgery can also face some problems while breastfeeding. Although there isn’t any in-depth research studies in this field, it is believed that women with breast implants produce milk which is inadequate and toxic. Also, since nerves and milk glands might become damaged during the procedure, it might reduce the amount of milk produced. Moreover, the nipples become much more sensitive leading to health complications such as mastitis.
Loss of concentration
Many women who have undergone breast augmentation surgery have reported that they have been having difficulties with not only concentrating and focusing on various daily activities but also a potential memory loss. According to the analysis of studies, women who have had their breast implants for at least two years show less intense concentration than during the period prior their cosmetic breast surgery. It is believed that this is due to the toxic effect of a small amount of platinum used for silicone gel. Unfortunately, this still has not been supported by any meticulous epidemiological analysis.