Women who are looking for larger and firmer breasts often turn to breast implants as a way to achieve an entirely new look. As with any surgical procedure, there are both benefits and risks involved with breast implants. Before discussing these benefits and risks, we will outline the different types of breast implants that are currently on the market.
Different Types of Breast Implants
• Saline Implants – Implants filled with saline are actually silicone shelled implants filled with salt water that has been sterilized. Saline implants are often selected for women seeking a sizeable increase in the size of their breasts, as these implants can be much larger than silicone ones.
• Silicone Implants – Silicone implants are also silicone shelled implants, but are filled with silicone rather than salt water. Some patients have noticed that silicone implants feel more natural than saline implants, but silicone implants can pose more of a risk should something cause them to leak.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, almost 300,000 breast implant procedures were performed in 2013. Breast implants ranked as the most popular plastic surgery procedure last year, edging out nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction and facelifts. While breast implants have been deemed safe by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there are still risks involved with this procedure. Below we will discuss both the pros and cons of this procedure.
Pros of Breast Implants
• Improved Look – Breast implants can help women feel more youthful as they offer improved firmness and more pronounced breasts, which are attractive for women of all ages. Some women choose to get breast implants because they have always had small breasts, while others choose to enhance their breasts after age and possibly breastfeeding have caused them to sag.
• Self-Confidence – Women who have breast implants often instantly have a higher self-confidence because they are proud of how they look. In today’s world, looks do matter and breast implants can help improve a women’s appearance and make her feel better about herself.
• Fast – Breast implant procedures typically only take a few hours to complete. By using a board certified plastic surgeon, women can rest assured knowing that they are in safe hands during this short procedure. A plastic surgeon should always be chosen for his or her experience, not based strictly on the cost of the procedure.
Cons of Breast Implants
• Cost – Breast implants can be costly, which may put this procedure out of reach for some women. Many of the more experienced plastic surgeons that are board certified may charge higher rates for these procedures, which can cause patients to seek out cheaper options when it comes to these procedures. These cheaper options often mean facilities that utilize doctors that may not be board certified.
• Health Risks – In some instances, breast implants can pose serious health risks. When a surgeon is selected for their low cost procedures, rather than their credentials, these risks become more likely.
• Capsular contracture – This occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant causing severe pain.
• Loss of sensation in the breast or nipple area
• Rupture of either saline or silicone implants
• Breast pain
Contact a Plastic Surgeon if you have questions
If you are thinking about having a breast implant procedure, it is vitally important to sit down with a board certified plastic surgeon and discuss your goals as well as the risks and benefits. Allure Plastic Surgery is owned and operated solely by the board certified plastic surgeons that work here, which means we only have your best interests at heart. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your unique needs with an experienced, certified surgeon.