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Safety of Breast Implants Sparks Fiery Debate

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 30, 2008

In response to Dr. Michael Zenn’s recent comments on the New York Times blog that deemed silicone and saline implants were ‘equally safe’, hundreds of women across the country posted back fiery comments and blogged about their own experiences with breast implants – shedding light on the dark side of breast augmentation.

Breast implant safety has been an ongoing concern after the FDA lifted its ban on silicone implants and the procedure became readily available at plastic surgery centers across the country. Breast augmentation and breast enhancement continue to be the leading procedures for women in the U.S., accounting for nearly 400,000 surgical cosmetic procedures in 2007 alone.

Still, silicone and saline breast implants do run several health risks and require a replacement or adjustment at least once every 10 years. Common problems with breast implants include ruptures, pain, muscle soreness and tenderness; regular checkups with a physician or plastic surgeon may also be required to ensure that the the breasts stay in good health.

Many patients unwittingly choose breast implants after considering breast lift surgery, a milder form of the procedure that does not require the insertion of saline or silicone. Breast lift surgery is designed to lift and recontour existing skin, but as Beauty and the Breast reports, many women are ‘sold’ on the idea of breast implants after having a consultation with their plastic surgeon.

Breast implants do present several risks and drawbacks, and sometimes consulting with a plastic surgeon isn’t enough. Researching the procedure and learning about other people’s experiences may help many women make the most informed decision.

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4 Responses to “Safety of Breast Implants Sparks Fiery Debate”

  1. […] Surgery Today recently posted a blog entitled “Safety of Breast Implants Sparks Fiery Debate“.  They mentioned a Beauty and the Breast post, which acknowledged that women are often […]

  2. […] we are still on female mammary glands, let’s turn our attention to a fiery debate about the safety of breast implants. When in doubt, consult the expert. Thankfully we have our resident plastic surgeon Dr Ramona Bates […]

  3. […] we are still on female mammary glands, let’s turn our attention to a fiery debate about the safety of breast implants. When in doubt, consult the expert. Thankfully we have our resident plastic surgeon Dr Ramona Bates […]

  4. Breast implants has several risks and drawbacks, and sometimes consulting with a plastic surgeon isn’t enough.

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