A breast implant is good for life. There is a risk of rupture of 1% per year, but a ruptured implant is not dangerous. The two main reasons to have your implants replaced are:
The scar around the implant is contracted and hard (called capsular contracture)
The breast is no longer aesthetic because either the breast or the prosthesis is falling (ptosis)
Yes. Breastfeeding is not affected by this surgery, but 30% of women in the general population are not able to breastfeed.
The risks of breast augmentation include the risk of general anesthesia, bleeding or hematoma, infection, asymmetry, malposition, rippling, capsular contracture, rupture of the implant in the long run, visible scar, wound dehiscence. Most of these risks are very rare. All of these will be reviewed with you during your consultation.
No, there is no risk of breast cancer with saline or silicone implants. Also, patients with breast implants may undergo routine mammograms for breast cancer screening. During mammography, the implant will be moved in order to better see the breast tissue.
The position of the implant depends on each patient. There are advantages and disadvantages to each technique. In general, patients with very small breasts will have a better result with an implant under the muscle (to hide the edges of the implant); and patients who have more breast tissue may consider an implant in front of the muscle. During a consultation with Dr. Perry, she will guide you to choose the best option for you.
Silicone is an extremely safe product. Today's implants are much improved compared to the silicone implants of the 1990s. For the majority of patients, silicone implants give a more natural result.
The shape of the implants can be anatomical or round. Anatomical implants are textured and this technology has had many problems including a rare form of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Dr. Perry does not suggest anatomical implants for the majority of patients and prefers round and smooth implants. During a consultation Dr. Perry will help you choose the right implant for you.