Breast Implants, What Your Surgeon May Not Be Telling You

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Breast Implants, what your surgeon may not be telling you....
Every year breast augmentation surgeries are among the top three cosmetic procedures done globally. In fact in 2017, roughly 300 thousand breast augmentation procedures were done. Some aesthetic and some reconstructive. However, are patients really being informed of all the possible side effects of breast implants? 🤷🏻‍♂️. Many patients undergoing breast augmenting procedure are not fully aware of the risks involved or understand the proper maintenance required for these surgeries.

Breast implants both saline and silicon have shown to increase the risk of cancer. Specifically a type of cancer called BIA- ALCL (Breast implant associated - anaplastic large cell lymphoma). This is a rare form of blood cell cancer linked to breast implants.

In fact in July this year (2019) the FDA issued a recall of all Allergan Biocell textured implants due to its higher likelihood of causing this cancer. Just imagine being told you have to have your breast recalled 😱. The FDA has a reported 573 cases of BIA - ALCL cases of which 33 resulted in death. Clearly showing that these artificial implants cause cancer.

Besides the risks of cancer being higher patients typically are not informed on the proper maintenance protocol after nor are surgeons following up with the proper long term care.
The FDA states all implants are not meant to be permanent and should be removed after a few years. Often many patients are not adequately informed on the severity of this. Many patients go 20-30 years or even a lifetime without removing their implants. This is against FDA and manufacturer suggestions do to its increase risk of adverse effects.

Also, after any implants the FDA recommends MRI of the breast at 3 years after implants and every 2 years there after. This is to check for masses and ruptures in the implants which can cause an increase in risk.

So if you are thinking of getting implants please understand all the risks and that there are more than just feeling sore and waking up a little woozy from anesthesia. Or if you know someone or do have implants please make sure to monitor them properly.

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