Opting to have cosmetic surgery will be one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. From arranging your finances to finding the right surgeon for you- there is a lot to consider before you can get excited about your boob job.
Like many people considering breast augmentation, you probably have a lot of questions. We’ve drawn on the expertise of our doctors to bring you the following answers to the most frequently asked questions.
1. How safe are implants?
Extensive research has been carried out into breast implants. One of the most comprehensive studies (IRG 1998) found no scientific relationship between silicone gel implants and immune reactions, long-term illness or specific connective tissue disease. The Department of Health continues to monitor new scientific evidence.
2. Do the implants ever rupture?
It is virtually impossible for silicone implants to rupture spontaneously. In the unlikely event that this does occur (due to a strong force as in a car accident) the gel-like nature of the filling means that the substance will stay in place and will not leak or migrate outside the casing, so removal is easy.
3. How long do implants last?
Many of our patients have the idea that implants have a defined “shelf-life” of around 10 years. This is not true, and we would never advise routine replacement for the sake of it. The average life expectancy of an implant is probably closer to 15-17 years, but this will depend on many factors. Your surgeon can advise you of these.
4. I’ve heard that implants increase the risk of breast cancer. Is this true?
There is absolutely no known association between breast implants and breast cancer. Breast implants may interfere with the ability of x-rays to detect the early signs of breast cancer. It is vital that you tell your radiographer you have implants so that they can screen using a different technique.
5. Will implants affect my ability to breastfeed?
Implants do not affect breastfeeding and it is possible for a woman to breastfeed with implants. Breast implants are placed beneath the gland of the breast, so they don’t interfere with the process of lactation. There’s also no evidence to suggest that silicone breast implants will harm your baby in any way. However, for more details ask your surgeon about the safety of breastfeeding with implants.