Breast augmentation is such a common procedure that we simply assume that it must be very safe. Yes, that is generally true, but there are so many risks that if you pay attention to them, you might not be so enthusiastic about them. Here are a few things you must know, based on safety information provided by Allergan, the maker of Natrelle saline implants:
- They are not permanent. You will need additional unplanned surgeries because of complications or unacceptable results. Plus, they do not last forever and you will need to replace them, generally after 10 years.
- This is a lifelong commitment. If you choose to have your implant(s) removed and not replaced, you may experience unacceptable dimpling, puckering, wrinkling, or other cosmetic changes, which can be permanent.
- You may not be able to breastfeed.
- Rupture of a silicone gel-filled implant is most often silent. This means that neither you nor your surgeon will know that your implants have a rupture most of the time. To detect these in a timely manner, you will need to have regular MRI tests, which cost hundreds of dollars and these are not covered by insurance.
- Talking about insurance, after your surgery, your health insurance premiums may increase, your insurance coverage may be dropped, and/or future coverage may be denied. Treatment of complications may not be covered as well.
- Detection of breast cancer may not be possible with implants.
- Potential complications include capsular contracture, pain, loss of sensation, infection, bleeding, hematoma (collection of blood within the space around the implant, seroma (build-up of fluid around the implant), Calcium deposits in the tissue capsule surrounding the implant, extrusion (when the breast implant comes through your skin), necrosis (death of cells or tissues), prolonged wound healing, tissue thinning (with increased implant visibility and palpability), chest wall deformity, and lymphadenopathy (chronic enlargement of the lymph nodes).
So do you still want bigger breasts?