Breast implants were recently linked to a rare cancer. But that's not the only potential complication. There are risks involved in every surgical procedure, but this is one you may not have expected: Earlier this week, the FDA reported cases and nine deaths from a rare cancer linked to breast implants.
Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as a "boob job" by patients, involves using breast implants or fat transfer to enhance your breasts. The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal and you will have to weigh the potential benefits in achieving your goals with the risks and potential complications of breast augmentation. Only you can make that decision for yourself.
Inmore thanwomen and teenagers underwent surgery to have their breasts enlarged with silicone or saline implants and more thanbreast cancer patients had reconstruction after mastectomy, often with implants. Many women are justifiably confused by the conflicting information they hear. Here are the facts about what is known and not known about the risks of breast implants.
The popularity of breast augmentation has more than doubled sincewhen there were just overof these procedures. Given these statistics, it is not surprising that in spite of the increasing number of women with breast implants, debate continues to swirl about their safety. Many women are justifiably confused by the conflicting information they hear.
Last week the FDA reported that breast implants put women's lives in danger. The big news last week was that a small number of women can get a very rare type of cancer ALCL: anaplastic large cell lymphoma. It confirmed that death is a possible side effect of breast implants.
Like all surgery, implant surgery has some risks. Many of these risks are the same as the risks for mastectomy. However, there are some risks that are unique to implant reconstruction.
This is serious surgery with long-term implications. We need to stop treating it so lightly. Over the past two decades, the number of breast augmentations performed in the United States has doubled.
Back to Cosmetic procedures. Having a breast enlargement is a big decision. It's major surgery, the results are not guaranteed and there are some risks to think about.