Is Breast Augmentation Safe?

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Even though breast augmentation has been successfully performed for decades, there is still concern by some patients over the safety of the procedure. Fortunately, there is also plenty of research and data to confirm both the efficacy and safety of breast augmentation, even using different implant types and techniques to help women achieve the best possible results for their bodies. Dr. Damon Thomas wants all his patients to feel comfortable with their decision to move forward with breast augmentation, which is why he offers plenty of facts, statistics and information to put a woman’s mind at ease.

Stamp of Approval

The first thing you need to know if you are considering breast augmentation is that both silicone and saline implants have approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the responsible organisation for approving medications and medical devices in Australia. Saline implants are crafted of silicone shells filled with a saline solution once the implant is placed into the chest tissue. Silicone implants come already filled with a cohesive silicone gel that looks and feels much like natural breast tissue. Certain varieties of both implant types have been approved by TGA for breast reconstruction after mastectomy and cosmetic purposes.

More Research, More Positive Results

There was a time in the brief history of breast implants where silicone varieties were restricted in Australia. In the 1980s, these devices were taken off the market due to concerns they might be linked to some types of cancer and autoimmune disorders. The Victoria State Government states on their Better Health Channel, “extensive reviews have established no evidence linking silicone breast implants to cancer or autoimmune disorders.” The approval for specific silicone implants was reinstated in 2001.

Saline vs. Silicone

Although silicone and saline implants each have their pros and cons, there is not a big difference between the two regarding safety. Both are designed to be durable, lasting 10 years or longer for most women. While there are some complications associated with each of these implant types, when used by a skilled specialist plastic surgeon, the risks are relatively low. The best implant for you should be based on your personal preferences, the recommendation of your surgeon and your body proportions and desired results.

The Real Risks of Breast Augmentation

While few serious medical complications arise from breast augmentation performed by a specialist plastic surgeon, there are some risks associated with implants. These might include:

  • Capsular contracture (the hardening and tightening of scar tissue around the implant)
  • Implant rupture, which can occur with both saline and silicone but is more visible with saline
  • Breast rippling, resulting in visible folds on the outer breast, often seen with saline implants
  • Asymmetry of the breasts once implants are placed, which may or may not be noticeable
  • Infection, which is possible after any surgery
  • Poor scarring, which depends on genetics and a host of additional factors
  • Migration of implants, which can be more evident with teardrop-shapes

All these possible risks will likely be discussed with you before your breast surgery. In most cases, these complications can be easily remedied, although additional surgery may be necessary to restore the breast shape and appearance.

Reducing Your Risks

There are things you can do to lower your risk for complications after breast augmentation. First, choose a specialist plastic surgeon that is registered as a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). Surgeons with this distinction will have FRACS listed after their name in their official title. It is also vital that you follow all instructions given by your surgeon before and after your procedure, to ensure your body is in the best possible shape for surgery and allowed ample healing time afterward. By doing your research first and taking proper care of your body before and after surgery, you have the best odds of a safe and successful procedure and the best possible results afterward.

Breast augmentation is a frequently requested procedure that has a high satisfaction rate among patients. When performed correctly, it is also considered one of the safer elective surgeries available today. To learn more about this procedure, contact Dr Damon Thomas today on 03 9034 7738.