It is not an easy feat to match the popularity of breast augmentation, a cosmetic surgical operation that instantly enhances breasts through breast enlargement, reduction, or reconstruction. The majority of breast augmentation procedures involves enlargement through using silicone or saline implants.
This cosmetic procedure brings a number of benefits and advantages compared to natural products such as breast enhancement pills and creams, which take time to work. However, it has its set of negative effects as well, and you have to weigh all the consequences to arrive at the best possible decision for yourself. For instance, would you be willing to go through the potential implant ruptures, infection, and pain?
Let’s discuss the pros first. Breast augmentation offers improved confidence and self-image, especially for someone who wants to have an improved appearance. It’s a highly personal and life-changing procedure, and it can drastically improve body-image perceptions. In the case of breast reconstruction because of cancer, the idea of no longer having breasts is not as overwhelming and “breaking” for the patient anymore. In the practical sense, this cosmetic surgery offers symmetry for deformities naturally found in a woman’s pair of breasts.
It is always best to discuss your goals with the surgeon before the operation, as this will personalize the surgery for you and give you a better understanding of these positive effects.
As for the setbacks, you should be properly informed by your doctor that breast implants may rupture or deflate for different reasons after the surgery. There is no specific length of time for when it will occur, but there are signs you can recognize, such as augmented breasts appearing uneven or smaller, as well as pain or burning. Knots may also develop in your breast. In cases when rupture is not readily observable, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is necessary to confirm if implant leakage has already taken place.
Potential causes of rupture of deflation, according to the FDA, include aging of the implant, overfilling during surgery, or capsular contracture. If the latter is the case, surgery is usually necessary because it is a potentially disfiguring post-surgery effect.
Other considerations include infection, a serious after-effect that you should be on the lookout for. Antibiotic medications may not be successful in addressing them, so in severe cases, implant removal may be necessary. Less serious consequences of breast augmentation include pain during healing, as well as dissatisfaction with the surgery results.