Last week we discussed myths about breast implants, focusing on aesthetics and recovery after the procedure. Although many patients worry that their breast implants will be too obvious, just as many are worried about the medical ramifications of breast augmentation surgery. This week we will address the top 5 medical myths about breast implants.
Silicone Implants Aren’t Safe
The medical industry has invested decades into researching the safety of silicone gel breast implants. The FDA has approved silicone breast implants in augmentations for women aged 22 and older, and in reconstructive procedures for women of all ages.
Breast Implants Increase the Risk of Cancer
Medical research has found no link between breast implants and the development of breast cancer or any autoimmune disease. All women should do regular self-exams for lumps and changes in breast tissue. A woman who has had a breast augmentation should notify her radiologist before her scheduled mammogram.
Women with Breast Implants Should Fear Infection
Any implantable medical device, from pacemakers to breast implants, may get infected. This most frequently occurs 6 months to a year after the implantation. Always notify health care professionals about past breast augmentation surgery. Consult Dr. Brantner several days before any scheduled invasive procedure or dental work. He will prescribe an antibiotic to prevent the unlikely spreading of bacteria.
Mothers with Breast Implants Can’t Nurse
There is no research to suggest that breast implants prevent mothers from nursing. Many mothers with breast implants have no trouble nursing, just as many mothers without implants face difficulties. If you’re worried about nursing with breast implants, discuss your concerns with Dr. Brantner during your surgical consultation.
Breast Implants Need Frequent Replacing
Women with breast implants, particularly women with silicone implants, should see their physicians yearly to make sure there has been no damage to the implant. Manufacturers recommend replacing silicone breast implants every 10 years, but if the implant and surrounding breast tissue are in good condition, there is no reason to undergo another surgery. Some implants may last 25 years or longer.
If you have questions or concerns about breast augmentation surgery, call Dr. Brantner’s office.