Consider These Risks Before Getting Breast Implants
We’re all about empowering women to love themselves on the inside and outside, just like Hailee Steinfeld’s song, “It’s okay if you wanna change the body that you came in”. It’s your body and if you’re not happy with how you look, you can change it. Yes that includes going under the knife.
Though we think, you are beautiful in your natural state, some of us aren’t content with our looks and choose to opt for surgery to enhance their beauty. Perhaps you feel insecure with your breasts and plan to get a boob job. Honestly there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it and you shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Meanwhile, society should learn to be more open when it comes to these things.
But before you make a drastic decision to your body, you should probably do some digging into the risks of breast implants. We’ve even done the research for you and here’s everything you need to know about getting breast surgery.
1. Silicone, Saline or Cohesive Gel Implants
Before getting implants, you’ll need to know what kind of implants you’d like to have. There are three types of implants for you to choose from which are silicone, saline or the cohesive gel implants.
Silicone implants comes in a silicone shell and is pre-filled with a silicone gel. There are also different shapes and sizes to accommodate the form and desired results of any patient. Silicone is approved for women above the age of 21 and requires a slightly longer incision to insert. FYI, many women agree that silicone implants usually look and feel more like natural breasts.
Saline implants are silicone shells that’s filled with a sterile saline solution. These kind of implants are approved for women above the age of 18 and are slightly less expensive as compared to the other types of implants. However, one thing to note — if a saline implant breaks, it can instantly lead to a visible breast deformity, hence necessitating quick correction to maintain a natural appearance.
Cohesive gel implants also known as gummy bear implants, these are also pre-filled silicone implants but with a firmer consistency. If the implant is torn, it will still manage to maintain it’s original shape. Cohesive gel implants are approved for women above the age of 21 and also comes in different sizes. But due to it’s firmer consistency, it may not exactly feel like natural breasts.
2. Be prepared for the pain
Now, the pain of post surgery for breast augmentation is strictly individual but still, you know it’s going to hurt bad. Once the anesthesia is gone, you’ll have to be bed-ridden for a few days with limited movements allowed. Hence, you’re going to need to take a few days off from work to stay at home for recovery process. Relax and give your body some time to heal. You should also be prepared to wear looser clothes made from natural fabrics. This will not irritate the recovering tissue and help you to cope with the pain a lot easier.
3. You’ll need to regularly go for breast cancer screenings
Of course, regular mammography check-ups are a must for all women because that’s the only option for early breast cancer detection. But if you get breast surgery, remember that the implants could interfere with effective screening and “conceal” lumps or other abnormalities. You should also note that in some rare cases, mammograms may cause the implants to burst so be sure to inform your doctor of your implants.
4. Temporary or permanent nipple sensation loss
Hate to break it you, but loss of nipple sensation is pretty common after breast augmentation. This happens if nerves are nicked during surgery. Depending on each individual condition, the loss of sensitivity might last from six month to 1.5 years. In some serious cases, nipple sensitivity may be lost forever.
One of the main cause in nipple sensitivity is the size of the implant. If the implant is bigger than your normal boob size, the nipples sensitivity may be loss for a certain period of time.
5. Scarring and stretch marks
A possible side effect from boob surgery is postoperative stretch marks. You are more likely to have stretch mark issues after breast implant surgery if you already have stretch mark problems on other parts of your body. On top of that, you may also develop scars from surgery which can get worse if you smoke, get a tan, excessive scrubbing or if you scratch the problematic area.
Get advice from your surgeon on how to care your scarring skin after post-surgery.
6. Be aware in case of infections
Post-surgical infection can occur within the first few weeks after surgery. Not to worry though, because antibiotics may be prescribed after surgery. Although in some rare cases, the breast implants may need to be removed and replaced if the infection becomes serious.
7. Breast implants could be associated with BIA-ALCL
Last year, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified a possible link between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). It is an uncommon cancer of the immune system that can affect those possessing both a genetic predisposition and textured breast implants.
8. You may experience hematoma
Hematoma is a collection of blood in any part of the body. Bruising in example is a mild hematoma. Since getting your breasts done is a surgery just like any other part of the body, you can expect to see some bruising, in which the blood collects around the broken capillaries and around the incision. But you shouldn’t need to be worried about that. What you should worry is when a more severe hematoma appears under the implant itself. Consult your doctor immediately for an evaluation.
Now that you know what it takes to get your boobs done, consider these risks before getting a breast transplant. But if you are sure that you can handle these commitments, go for it, girl!