Breast Augmentation Questions

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Breast Augmentation Questions

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m I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
If you’ve always had small breasts, or if your breasts have become smaller because of pregnancies or aging or losing weight, you’d likely be a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery. Part of a good candidacy involves the reason for wanting larger breasts. It wouldn’t be wise to have the procedure just to please someone else. You should want it for your own sake.

A consultation with an experienced and qualified cosmetic surgeon is a good way to get all your questions answered, and get a thorough understanding of the breast augmentation procedure. The plastic surgeon will evaluate your breasts and general health and together you can decide on the best course of action.

Are breast implants safe?
There’s been some negative press about silicone, which is what breast implant shells are made from, whether they’re filled with saline solution or silicone gel.

The issue has been: does silicone cause any disease?

No studies have found any links between silicone breast implants and any disease, including the Mayo Clinic Study and the court-appointed panel in 1998 backed by lawyers.

Nor is there any evidence that silicone causes birth defects or problems with breast milk. Cow’s milk and infant formula have been shown to have more silicone than human breast milk.

We have silicone in our bodies from many sources, such as:

  • Drinking water
  • Aerosol products
  • Assorted medicines
  • Hospital needles and syringes

No problems arise from this. As well, many other implants are made from silicone, such as pacemakers.

So far, no proof has been submitted to show that silicone is unsafe in any way.

Could the saline implant leak?
This happens rarely. The breast implant could break from an injury or body movement.

  • If the breast implant shell actually ruptures, or breaks, it will collapse within a few hours, and you’ll know what’s happened
  • If it leaks slowly, you won’t notice so quickly.
  • In either case, the saline solution from the breast implant will be absorbed easily by the body

If you have a silicone gel breast implant and it breaks, you may notice it if the scar capsule around the implant also breaks. Currently, the silicone gel is cohesive (sticking together) and is like pizza dough.  It is not fluid-like and does not travel to other areas of the body.

  • If these things happen, new breast implants will be needed.

Will I be able to have a mammogram?
This mostly depends on where your breast implants are placed. If they’re positioned below the muscle, then the breast tissue is fully available to the mammogram and there’s no interference.

If they’re positioned above the muscle, you should tell the technician you have them. The mammogram will then include more views.

Do breast augmentation implants have to be replaced every few years?
No, they don’t normally need to be replaced unless a problem arises, such as:

  • They’ve begun to leak
  • They’ve ruptured
  • There’s been a contracture, or hardening of breast tissue which has changed the shape of the breast

Other than that, you might want to replace them if you:

  • Have a breast lift augmentation procedure
  • Decide you want a different size of implant

Breast augmentation may be a good option for you. Contact cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hendricks today for your confidential breast augmentation consultation. He’ll answer your questions and together you can determine what is the best course of action for you.

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