Women have always been willing to do things to improve their appearance. For some that may mean just applying make-up and getting a hair cut. Others are willing to go to more drastic measures such as plastic surgery. One of the most common being breast implants.
Breast implants are risky. They are not 100% safe. Saline implants have been implied to be safer than silicone implants. Women as young as 18 may get saline implants. You must be 22 to get silicone implants. The FDA requires that silicone implants be monitored with routine M.R.I.s. The same is not required of saline implants.
Unfortunately saline implants also can have serious dangers and side effects. The thought is that if saline implants break then they will only be leaking salt water into your body, and that this poses no threat. Hundreds of women will tell you that this is not true.
After the implants are put in the body forms a capsule of scar tissue around them. The scar tissue can become too tight and cause mild to great pain. It can change the shape of the breast and make them become very unnatural looking, different from each other, and very hard to the touch.
No breast implants last forever. All breast implants will rupture at some point. When a saline implants ruptures it is immediately noticeable because the breast will deflate. What some people don’t realize is that saline implants are surrounded by a silicone shell. You won’t have silicone gel released into your body, but there have been cases where patients have tested positive for silicone poison after the rupture of saline implants. Kacey Long, has become famous for sharing how the silicone from her saline breast implants caused many autoimmune diseases and other problems.
Any surgery leaves the patient with a small risk of infection. Saline implants have the potential to mold and harbor bacteria inside. When they rupture this mold and bacteria can cause harmful infections in the body. Toxic shock syndrome is even possible and this is a very dangerous potentially fatal infection. Implants should b removed immediately upon any notice of fever, rash, or redness.
Other side effects of breast implants include possible difficulty producing breast milk, harder to detect breast cancer through mammograms or x-rays, loss of feeling around the nipples, and additional surgeries. Since no implants last forever you will have to choose to either eventually have your implants replaced or taken out altogether.
A company that produces saline breast implants, Mentor, released a study that revealed that 20% of breast implant patients had had an additional surgery due to complications from the implants within five years. The same study also showed that 30% of patients had their implants extracted after five or less years.
All surgery is risky. Before you get breast implants or any other type of cosmetic surgery you should weigh the pros and cons. There are still many known and many unknown dangers and side effects of saline breast implants.