Pros and Cons of Breast Implants
As a woman ages the tissues and structure in her breasts will suffer some changes. Changes in the reproductive hormones and the natural aging process are the most common factors causing this transformation in a woman’s body. Many women remedy this problem by undergoing a surgical procedure that will restore the firmness and fullness of the breasts such as breast augmentation. Breast reduction and breast lift can also help restore your breast’s youthful appearance. Yet you must analyze the pros and cons of breast implants before choosing a breast enlargement procedure. Younger women may also choose this cosmetic procedure because they are not happy with the size of their breasts. But let’s take and in depth look at the pros and cons of breast implants.
Pros of Breast Implants
Breast implants are great to increase the size of your breasts. Some benefits this amazing procedure provides include:
- Improved looks – This is the basic purpose of the operation, to enhance the natural beauty of your breasts and make your breasts look simply fabulous. Breast unevenness or any nipple abnormalities can be corrected as well with breast implants.
- Your self-confidence – Confidence is everything. Feeling uncomfortable with your body may also show in other areas of your life. Some women report their self-image improving greatly after undergoing surgery. Increased self-confidence may perhaps lead them to a more successful life.
- It’s quick, safe and affordable - Thanks to modern technology this procedure is very safe and fast. Patients are not required to stay in the clinic overnight. The cost of breast implants can be affordable depending on the surgeon performing the procedure and cosmetic center you choose.
Cons of Breast Implants
As with every operation there may be some risks associated with this procedure but they are relatively minor if you consider the long-term benefits associated with it.
- Health risks – Breast augmentation is a simple surgery. However, it’s still an operation and complications, although rare, may occur. The healing process, for example, is quite painful and there will be bruising and scaring for some time. It’s possible the body rejects the implant causing some medical problems. In some cases, the implant may rupture or leak, which can cause damage to the body. Some implants such as the popular gummy bear implants, although more expensive, have less probability of breaking, thanks to their cohesive nature.
- Loss of sensitivity – Patients tend to lose sensitivity, especially in the nipples as well as other areas of the breast. This can interfere in some women’s intimidate life and breastfeeding.
Saline vs. Silicone
Although silicone seems to be more advantageous, some women still prefer saline implants. It’s important to understand some of the features of these implants:
- The feel of the implant – During your breast implant consultation you will be able to try different sizes of saline and silicone implants. This is the best way to have an idea of how the actual implant feels. Many patients end up choosing silicone because of their size. Most women like how silicone implants feel yet you must remember saline implants won’t be a water sack once placed in your body since the surrounding skin, muscle, and fat will add more volume to it. However, many patients say silicone implants feel better than saline implants. If you experience any problems with breast implants contact your breast implant doctor right away.
- The way your implant looks – There is no major difference to saline vs. silicone implants. However, silicone tends to show less rippling. The filling is an important factor as saline solution has little consistency and the implant shell can fold easily. Silicone implants, on the other hand, can have a significant visual difference.
- Capsular contracture – There are no evidences that either of the implants will cause this. Implants that are placed under the muscles will prevent this issue. Surgeons with experienced in the procedure for breast implants know how to prevent these problems from happening.
- The wear and tear – Ruptures are not that common but if they occur, it generally happens with saline implants. Silicone ruptures can only be detected with an MRI. Thanks to the silicone’s cohesive nature the implant tends to stay together. The FDA already determined that silicone implants can’t cause diseases or pose any medical risks.
- Scars – This is one of the major differences between both types of implants. Saline have less scaring since they are inserted through a smaller incision and then filled with the solution whereas silicone implants are inserted in full form.
If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, make sure you study the advantages and disadvantages of breast implants first. A surgeon from Eres Plastic Surgery can give you better insight about which implant is more appropriate in your specific case.