The most common procedure last year in 2008 was breast enhancement surgery according to the statistics found at “Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Research Statistics and Trends for 2001- 2008.” The website also quotes Doctor Alan Gold, Aesthetic Society president as saying, “For the first time in the twelve years these statistics have been collected liposuction is a runner up in popularity to breast augmentation.” Considering the severe dangers and complication that a person faces with breast implants, one would assume that it would not be a surgery so readily sought out.
There are several different types of surgical procedures that one can choose from. Despite which procedure a patient chooses, they still face some of the same problems and complications. In general, breast implants are not meant to last longer than ten years. What this means is that you will have to undergo surgery again in ten years to have your current breast implants removed and obtain new implants if you so choose. When the common age range of women that have breast implants is 19-34, they will be undergoing several surgeries within their lifetime to maintain their implants.
According to the article “What You Need to Know Before You Get Breast Implants” at BreastImplant.org, “The FDA found that most implant patients have at least one serious complication within three years after getting their silicone or saline implants.” Although there are many dangers associated with breast implants, only the three most severe and health hazardouswill be mentioned.
As stated in “If You’re Having Problems” at BreastImplantInfo.org, “A rupture can be caused by a defect in the implant, daily stresses on the implant, an accident or other trauma, an accidental cut during implant surgery or biopsy, or the aging of the implant.” It does not matter if the implant is silicone gel or saline, both are subject to rupturing or leaking dangers. Silicone gel implants are the most dangerous if they rupture or leak since it can go undetected for months, even years. It can move throughout the body entering your lungs and lymph nodes causing severe damage to your body. Damaged saline implants are readily noticed and can be fixed immediately. The breast will literally droop and take on a deflated look. Although still painful and unsightly, it is not as severe as silicone gel.
Necrosis is when healthy living cells die, usually around an area of the body. With breast implants, necrosis occurs with the cells that are located along the breast implant within your body. In some cases, the implant needs to be completely removed since it drastically slows down the healing process due to cell death. As mentioned in “Breast Implants – Complications” at DermaNetwork.org, “Whenever, skin necrosis occurs, there is always scarring which results in a permanent deformity.”
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)
Most women recognize TSS as the warning note that comes inside every box of tampons. What most women don’t realize is that TSS also applies to breast implants. While people have been known to die from TSS if not treated in a timely manner, some women will not readily link their symptoms of TSS to their breast implants. “Breast Implant Information” at BreastImplants.com list the symptoms as, “…sudden fever, vomiting, diarrhea, fainting, dizziness, and/or sunburn-like rash.”
“Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Research Statistics and Trends for 2001- 2008” CosmeticPlasticSurgeryStatistics.com
“What You Need to Know Before You Get Breast Implants” BreastImplantInfo.org
“If You’re Having Problems” BreastImplantInfo.org
“Breast Implants – Complications” DermaNetwork.org
“Breast Implant Information” BreastImplants.com