What You Need to Know About Breast Implants
Breast implants are becoming more and more common today, as surgeons are finding better materials to use in making the implants and safer techniques for the surgery itself. Having breast implants can make a woman feel sexier and more desirable, and some women that have undergone mastectomies also choose implants to replace their lost breasts.
As common as implants may be, a woman would do well to consider the procedure and its risk factors before going forward. Any surgery involves risk, and the body is meant to reject anything put inside it that is not natural. Plastic surgery is also part medicine and part art; a skilled surgeon needs to shape and sculpt the breast tissue around the implant so that it looks natural and so that the breasts are even and attractive.
First consider the risk factors. There is always a risk of bleeding when you go through any surgery, although typically this risk is minimal. A hospital stay is often necessary, at least overnight so a woman’s condition can be monitored. Breasts forming scar tissue around the implants is also a risk factor; this may cause the implant to look puckered or the skin to look creased. The implants leaking is rare today because of the manufacturing process, but it is still a consideration. Infections from the surgery are also rare but a risk factor; most women are put on a course of antibiotics before and after their surgery to ensure an infection doesn’t develop.
As a woman’s body ages, the implants may also begin to look more artificial especially if she has larger implants. Women typically shrink in size and stature as they get older, so implants may seem more artificial. Many women also experience a loss of sensation in the breast which may detract from their sexual experience.
Implants also need to be replaced over time because of all these factors. This decreases the risk of leakage as the implants break down after so many years, and may also allow them to look more natural.
The cost of implants also needs to be considered by women and families. The surgery itself is just one cost; there is also the cost of the hospital stay and medications as well as follow-up care. Rarely are breast implants covered by insurance, and this cost may run into the thousands of dollars if not tens of thousands, so women need to remember this factor when making their decision.
Only you can determine if breast implants are right for you. It’s best if you spend time researching the procedure and your choices and options, and if you speak with your physician at length about the risk factors and possible complications. Be sure you understand everything involved with the procedure and follow-up care, and then decide if breast implants are right for you.